The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q4), Multi-Color missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew significantly. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins dropped, net margins grew.
Multi-Color chalked up revenue of $168.0 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $171.8 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 $0.56. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.49 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q4 were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.43 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.57 for Q4 were 104% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 20.6%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.4%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.4%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $169.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $673.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.35.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 174 members out of 181 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 54 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give Multi-Color a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Multi-Color is buy, with an average price target of $27.67.
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