The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Telecom Argentina beat slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded. GAAP earnings per share grew.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins increased, net margins expanded.
Telecom Argentina booked revenue of $1.24 billion. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $1.22 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 $0.16. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.61 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q4 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.14 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 60.0%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.9%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.17 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.78 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.65.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 218 members out of 232 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give Telecom Argentina a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Telecom Argentina is hold, with an average price target of $13.89.
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