The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Swift Transportation beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins were steady, operating margins grew, net margins increased.
Swift Transportation booked revenue of $922.6 million. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $882.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $860.7 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.34. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.24 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.34 for Q4 were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 21.8%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.1%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $855.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.61 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.94.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 27 members out of 27 rating the stock outperform, and members rating it underperform. Among 12 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 12 give Swift Transportation a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Swift Transportation is outperform, with an average price target of $11.67.
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