Ryanair Holdings Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Ryanair Holdings (NAS: RYAAY) reported earnings on Jan. 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q3), Ryanair Holdings beat slightly on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Ryanair Holdings recorded revenue of $1.10 billion. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $1.08 billion. Sales were 9.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.00 billion.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.07. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.03 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.01 for Q3 against -$0.01 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 17.4%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.5%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.8%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $966.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.41.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.55 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.21.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ryanair Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $37.48.

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. 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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