The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Whirlpool missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.
Whirlpool booked revenue of $4.79 billion. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $4.88 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.91 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 $2.29. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $2.23 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.52 for Q4 were 42% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.62 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 16.9%, 310 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.7%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.33 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.81.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $18.56 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.70.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 335 members out of 415 rating the stock outperform, and 80 members rating it underperform. Among 126 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 115 give Whirlpool a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Whirlpool is outperform, with an average price target of $106.17.
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