Wabash National Increases Sales but Misses Revenue Estimate

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Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
May 1, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Wabash National (NYSE: WNC) reported earnings on April 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Wabash National missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share shrank. GAAP earnings per share expanded.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins grew, net margins were steady.

Revenue details
Wabash National reported revenue of $324.2 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $334.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $277.7 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.09. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.09 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q1 were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.08 for Q1 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.07 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 13.0%, 590 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.8%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.8%, much about the same as the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $423.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 93 members out of 148 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 33 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 19 give Wabash National a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wabash National is buy, with an average price target of $13.93.

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