Procter & Gamble
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Procter & Gamble beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Procter & Gamble booked revenue of $22.18 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $21.92 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $21.74 billion.
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 $1.22. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.11 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.39 for Q2 were 144% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.57 per share. (The prior-year quarter included $0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 51.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.3%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.3%, 1,050 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $20.88 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.96.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $84.91 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.06.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 7,406 members out of 7,651 rating the stock outperform, and 245 members rating it underperform. Among 1,979 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,946 give Procter & Gamble a green thumbs-up, and 33 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Procter & Gamble is outperform, with an average price target of $73.76.
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