Textron Beats Estimates Yet Again

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Textron (NYS: TXT) reported earnings on Jan. 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Textron met expectations on revenue and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and earnings per share dropped to a loss.

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Textron logged revenue of $3.3 billion. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $3.2 billion. Sales were 4.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.1 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.49. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.35 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.07 for Q4 compared to $0.19 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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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 1.1%, 1,430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.1%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.6%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.6 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.31.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.9 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 537 members out of 588 rating the stock outperform, and 51 members rating it underperform. Among 183 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 173 give Textron a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Textron is outperform, with an average price target of $25.23.

At the time this article was published 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 ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Textron. 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.

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