The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Saia met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Saia logged revenue of $274.0 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $273.8 million 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 $0.49. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.37 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q1 were 44% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q1 were 62% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 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 13.0%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $295.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.79.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.44.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 112 members out of 124 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 29 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 27 give Saia a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Saia is outperform, with an average price target of $35.00.
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