The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q1), Deere met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Deere recorded revenue of $6.79 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $6.74 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $6.77 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 $1.65. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.40 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.65 for Q1 were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.30 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 30.0%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.7%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.8%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $9.85 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.69.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $35.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.59.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,734 members out of 2,859 rating the stock outperform, and 125 members rating it underperform. Among 682 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 659 give Deere a green thumbs-up, and 23 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Deere is outperform, with an average price target of $95.40.
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