The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Newell Rubbermaid met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins grew.
Newell Rubbermaid logged revenue of $1.52 billion. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see net sales of $1.52 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.50 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 $0.43. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.42 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.35 for Q4 were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.27 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 36.5%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.4%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.7%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.34.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.82.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 309 members out of 337 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 134 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 129 give Newell Rubbermaid a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Newell Rubbermaid is outperform, with an average price target of $24.59.
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