The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Koppers Holdings missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted slightly and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Margins expanded across the board.
Koppers Holdings logged revenue of $374.9 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted net sales of $384.0 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 $0.66. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.59 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.65 for Q4 compared to -$0.69 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 14.3%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.9%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 730 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $386.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.79.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.76.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 168 members out of 178 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 30 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 29 give Koppers Holdings a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Koppers Holdings is buy, with an average price target of $48.00.
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