Universal Health Services
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Universal Health Services missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Universal Health Services reported revenue of $1.76 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $1.88 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.66 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 $1.00. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.93 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.00 for Q4 were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.91 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.38 for Q4 were 41% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.98 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 38.8%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.9%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.7%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.02 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.20.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.48.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 118 members out of 126 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 41 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 39 give Universal Health Services a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Universal Health Services is outperform, with an average price target of $51.28.
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