Procter & Gamble
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q3), Procter & Gamble met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew. GAAP earnings per share grew.
Gross margins increased, operating margins contracted, net margins grew.
Procter & Gamble reported revenue of $20.60 billion. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $20.75 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 $0.99. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.96 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.99 for Q3 were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.94 per share. (The prior-year quarter included $0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.) GAAP EPS of $0.88 for Q3 were 7.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.82 per share. (The prior-year quarter included $0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 49.8%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.5%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.5%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $20.96 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.81.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $84.74 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.05.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 7,397 members out of 7,652 rating the stock outperform, and 255 members rating it underperform. Among 2,019 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,983 give Procter & Gamble a green thumbs-up, and 36 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Procter & Gamble is outperform, with an average price target of $78.61.
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