The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 28 (Q1), Progress Software beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Progress Software reported revenue of $89.3 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $86.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 28% lower than the prior-year quarter's $124.4 million.
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 $0.23. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.23 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.23 for Q1 were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q1 were 350% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.12 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 87.6%, 500 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.6%, 710 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 34.9%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $82.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.26.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $344.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.26.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 45 members out of 54 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 18 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Progress Software 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 Progress Software is outperform, with an average price target of $25.83.
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