The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 2 (Q4), Gap beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Gap reported revenue of $4.73 billion. The 26 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $4.63 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.28 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 $0.73. The 28 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.71 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.73 for Q4 were 66% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 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 37.6%, 480 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.7%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.4%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.64 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $16.15 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.58.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 527 members out of 845 rating the stock outperform, and 318 members rating it underperform. Among 268 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 179 give Gap a green thumbs-up, and 89 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Gap is hold, with an average price target of $38.56.
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