The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 29 (Q4), Tractor Supply met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Tractor Supply tallied revenue of $1.29 billion. The 22 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $1.28 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.24 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 $1.11. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.03 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.11 for Q4 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.96 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 33.0%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.2%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.10 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.61.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.36.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 341 members out of 378 rating the stock outperform, and 37 members rating it underperform. Among 129 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 120 give Tractor Supply a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tractor Supply is outperform, with an average price target of $103.66.
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