The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), O'Reilly Automotive missed slightly on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins dropped, net margins expanded.
O'Reilly Automotive logged revenue of $1.59 billion. The 19 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw net sales of $1.61 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 $1.36. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.35 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.36 for Q1 were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.14 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 50.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.8%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.7%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.70 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.46.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.66 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.73.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 274 members out of 293 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 94 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 89 give O'Reilly Automotive a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on O'Reilly Automotive is outperform, with an average price target of $107.48.
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