The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Gannett met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew. GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Gannett reported revenue of $1.24 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $1.24 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 $0.37. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.35 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.37 for Q1 were 8.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q1 were 57% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 41.9%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.6%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.4%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.33 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.26 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.21.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 322 members out of 441 rating the stock outperform, and 119 members rating it underperform. Among 150 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 119 give Gannett a green thumbs-up, and 31 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Gannett is outperform, with an average price target of $20.44.
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