The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q3), Franklin Resources met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly. GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Franklin Resources booked revenue of $2.08 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $2.07 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.78 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 $0.86. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.85 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q3 were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.71 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 44.4%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 37.0%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 26.5%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.07 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.86.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.07 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.42.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 284 members out of 313 rating the stock outperform, and 29 members rating it underperform. Among 98 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 96 give Franklin Resources a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Franklin Resources is outperform, with an average price target of $57.19.
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