The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Waste Management met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased. GAAP earnings per share shrank.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.
Waste Management reported revenue of $3.34 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $3.36 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 $0.40. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.40 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.40 for Q1 were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.38 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.36 for Q1 were 2.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 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 33.8%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.0%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.54 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $14.03 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.17.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,641 members out of 2,698 rating the stock outperform, and 57 members rating it underperform. Among 706 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 697 give Waste Management a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Waste Management is hold, with an average price target of $36.50.
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