The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Harley-Davidson missed estimates on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins grew, net margins expanded.
Harley-Davidson booked revenue of $1.41 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.46 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.43 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 $0.99. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.97 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.99 for Q1 were 34% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.74 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 37.6%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 22.4%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.3%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.62 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.19.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.34.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,448 members out of 1,847 rating the stock outperform, and 399 members rating it underperform. Among 509 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 446 give Harley-Davidson a green thumbs-up, and 63 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Harley-Davidson is outperform, with an average price target of $58.80.
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