DuPont Beats Up on Analysts Yet Again

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DuPont (NYS: DD) reported earnings today. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), DuPont missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved, and earnings per share dropped slightly.

Gross margins improved, operating margins were steady, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
DuPont notched revenue of $8.4 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $8.5 billion. Sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $7.4 billion

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.35. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.33 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.40 for Q4 were 1.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 23.8%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.3%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $11.7 billion.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,668 members out of 1,774 rating the stock outperform, and 106 members rating it underperform. Among 485 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 474 give DuPont a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on DuPont is, with an average price target of $53.41.

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