The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Comcast beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Comcast booked revenue of $16.27 billion. The 27 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $16.00 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $15.21 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
EPS came in at $0.65. The 28 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.63 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.65 for Q2 were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 69.5%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.1%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.7%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $16.18 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.60.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $64.11 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.41.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 914 members out of 1,101 rating the stock outperform, and 187 members rating it underperform. Among 331 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 290 give Comcast a green thumbs-up, and 41 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Comcast is outperform, with an average price target of $47.08.
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