Avis Budget Group
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Avis Budget Group beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP loss per share shrank.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins shrank, net margins grew.
Avis Budget Group tallied revenue of $1.70 billion. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $1.64 billion 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 -$0.07. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged -$0.07 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.43 for Q4 compared to -$1.66 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 22.0%, 380 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.5%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.7%, 770 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.66 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $7.60 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.49.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 247 members out of 381 rating the stock outperform, and 134 members rating it underperform. Among 106 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give Avis Budget Group a green thumbs-up, and 38 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Avis Budget Group is buy, with an average price target of $23.86.
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