The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Treehouse Foods beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Treehouse Foods chalked up revenue of $592.8 million. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated net sales of $577.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $535.8 million.
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 $0.86. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.86 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q4 were 1.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.85 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q4 were 16% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.81 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 20.1%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.2%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $555.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.27 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.09.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 95 members out of 109 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 31 give Treehouse Foods a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Treehouse Foods is outperform, with an average price target of $57.80.
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