The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), UNS Energy beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Gross margins increased, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.
UNS Energy reported revenue of $348.3 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $330.0 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 $0.18. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.18 for Q4 were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.22 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 28.8%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.3%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.2%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $337.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.18.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.51 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.58.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 59 members out of 62 rating the stock outperform, and three members rating it underperform. Among 23 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 22 give UNS Energy 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 UNS Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $43.60.
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