The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Marten Transport met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share didn't move.
Margins contracted across the board.
Marten Transport booked revenue of $166.4 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see net sales of $164.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $158.3 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 $0.35. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.31 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.35 were the same as the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 22.7%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.2%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.6%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $161.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.27.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $683.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.36.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 41 members out of 51 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 16 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 13 give Marten Transport a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Marten Transport is outperform, with an average price target of $21.17.
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