The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), ABB met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
ABB logged revenue of $10.23 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $10.21 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $9.66 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 $0.38. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.36 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.38 for Q2 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q2 were 18% 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 29.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.6%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $9.93 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.37.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $41.34 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.45.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,728 members out of 1,774 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 272 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 267 give ABB a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ABB is outperform, with an average price target of $24.86.
Looking for alternatives to ABB? It takes more than great companies to build a fortune for the future. Learn the basic financial habits of millionaires next door and get focused stock ideas in our free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich." Click here for instant access to this free report.
- Add ABB to My Watchlist.
Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Abbey Protection. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.