Qiagen Beats on EPS but GAAP Results Lag

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Qiagen (NAS: QGEN) reported earnings on Jan. 31. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Qiagen notched revenue of $334.4 million. The 22 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $321.9 million. Sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $286.0 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.31. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.28 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS dropped to zero from the prior-year quarter's $0.15.

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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 62.8%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.0%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.1%, 1,280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $285.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.20.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.24 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.01.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 110 members out of 120 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 38 give Qiagen a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Qiagen is outperform, with an average price target of $17.22.

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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