Hub Group Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Hub Group (NAS: HUBG) reported earnings on Jan. 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Hub Group notched revenue of $762.8 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $758.5 million. Sales were 59% higher than the prior-year quarter's $479.9 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.48. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.46 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q4 were 39% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 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 11.0%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.6%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.2%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $719.6 million.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.19 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.99.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 78 members out of 85 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 35 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 32 give Hub Group a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hub Group is outperform, with an average price target of $41.00.

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