The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Total met expectations on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Margins contracted across the board.
Total booked revenue of $59.95 billion. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $59.95 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $55.81 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 $1.38. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.94 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.38 for Q4 were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.31 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 29.9%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.8%, 390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $60.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.05.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $238.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $7.50.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,392 members out of 1,417 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 379 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 373 give Total a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Total is outperform, with an average price target of $56.81.
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