The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), AFLAC missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share didn't move. GAAP earnings per share grew.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins shrank, net margins increased.
AFLAC chalked up revenue of $6.38 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $6.51 billion 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 $1.48. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.48 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.48 were the same as the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS of $1.24 for Q4 were 8.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.14 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 25.7%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.3%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.2%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $6.12 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.63.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $25.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.42.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,939 members out of 2,022 rating the stock outperform, and 83 members rating it underperform. Among 578 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 561 give AFLAC a green thumbs-up, and 17 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AFLAC is outperform, with an average price target of $58.00.
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