The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Cerner beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins contracted, net margins grew.
Cerner reported revenue of $710.4 million. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $696.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $604.4 million.
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 $0.67. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.64 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.63 for Q4 were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 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 78.4%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 22.6%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.7%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $702.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.63.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.98 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.78.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 403 members out of 449 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 141 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 132 give Cerner 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 Cerner is outperform, with an average price target of $82.19.
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