The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Diebold met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share contracted to a loss.
Margins contracted across the board.
Diebold notched revenue of $840.1 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $847.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
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 $0.45. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.48 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.17 for Q4 compared to $1.26 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 21.9%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.0%, 780 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.3%, 1,070 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $677.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.27.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.99.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 187 members out of 224 rating the stock outperform, and 37 members rating it underperform. Among 61 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give Diebold 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 Diebold is hold, with an average price target of $32.50.
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