The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q1), Forest Laboratories beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share didn't move. GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Gross margins increased, operating margins contracted, net margins dropped.
Forest Laboratories chalked up revenue of $832.9 million. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $808.7 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 $0.28. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.09 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.28 were the same as the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q1 were 57% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.21 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 80.1%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.6%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.8%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $841.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.46 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.88.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Forest Laboratories is outperform, with an average price target of $39.05.
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