The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), NeuStar met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. GAAP earnings per share didn't change.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, net margins contracted.
NeuStar booked revenue of $216.4 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $217.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $199.6 million.
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 $0.80. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.79 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.80 for Q1 were 25% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.64 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.50 were the same as the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 77.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 32.7%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.6%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $221.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.81.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $904.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.38.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 247 members out of 261 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 79 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 75 give NeuStar a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on NeuStar is outperform, with an average price target of $49.33.
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