Time Warner Cable
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Time Warner Cable met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share contracted.
Margins dropped across the board.
Time Warner Cable reported revenue of $5.49 billion. The 25 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $5.51 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.99 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 $1.57. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.56 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.68 for Q4 were 4.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.75 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 53.2%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.6%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $5.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.59.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $22.35 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.89.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 193 members out of 234 rating the stock outperform, and 41 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 64 give Time Warner Cable a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Time Warner Cable is outperform, with an average price target of $108.01.
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