Johnson & Johnson Beats Estimates Yet Again

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Johnson & Johnson (NYS: JNJ) reported earnings on Jan. 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Johnson & Johnson tallied revenue of $16.3 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $16.3 billion. Sales were 3.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $15.6 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.13. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.09 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.08 for Q4 were 89% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 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 67.2%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.3%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.3%, 1,110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $16.5 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.32.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $68.5 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 13,482 members out of 13,964 rating the stock outperform, and 482 members rating it underperform. Among 3,306 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 3,246 give Johnson & Johnson a green thumbs-up, and 60 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Johnson & Johnson is outperform, with an average price target of $71.53.

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