Community Health Systems
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Community Health Systems met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged. Non-GAAP earnings per share dropped. GAAP earnings per share increased slightly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins expanded.
Community Health Systems recorded revenue of $3.31 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales 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 $0.87. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.85 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.87 for Q1 were 4.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.91 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.) GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q1 were 2.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.84 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 37.3%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.6%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.42 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.97.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.68.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 143 members out of 155 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 63 give Community Health Systems a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Community Health Systems is outperform, with an average price target of $48.61.
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