The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), DuPont met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped. Non-GAAP earnings per share shrank. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins contracted, net margins increased.
DuPont recorded revenue of $10.41 billion. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $10.40 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $11.30 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 $1.56. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.52 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.56 for Q1 were 3.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.61 per share. GAAP EPS of $3.57 for Q1 were 127% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.57 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 32.3%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.0%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 31.9%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $10.27 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.40.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $36.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.90.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,708 members out of 1,815 rating the stock outperform, and 107 members rating it underperform. Among 482 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 465 give DuPont 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 DuPont is hold, with an average price target of $51.80.
Looking for alternatives to DuPont? It takes more than great companies to build a fortune for the future. Learn the basic financial habits of millionaires next door and get focused stock ideas in our free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich." Click here for instant access to this free report.
- Add DuPont to My Watchlist.
Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.