The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 27 (Q3), Smithfield Foods beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins were steady.
Smithfield Foods logged revenue of $3.58 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $3.51 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 $0.58. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.50 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.58 for Q3 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.49 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 9.2%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.6%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.3%, much about the same as the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.33 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.19 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.09.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 206 members out of 245 rating the stock outperform, and 39 members rating it underperform. Among 88 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 76 give Smithfield Foods a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Smithfield Foods is hold, with an average price target of $25.75.
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