The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 31 (Q4), Cintas met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, net margins grew.
Cintas logged revenue of $1.13 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.13 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.05 billion.
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 $0.69. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.70 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q4 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.60 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 41.4%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.6%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.11 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.64.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.55 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.72.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 368 members out of 390 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 170 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 167 give Cintas a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cintas is hold, with an average price target of $46.29.
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