SunOpta Beats on EPS but GAAP Results Lag

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SunOpta (NAS: STKL) reported earnings on Mar. 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
SunOpta chalked up revenue of $258.5 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $265.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $230.4 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.07. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.06 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.11 for Q4 compared to $0.03 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 11.4%, 450 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.0%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.9%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $280.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.08.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.40.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 217 members out of 319 rating the stock outperform, and 102 members rating it underperform. Among 84 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give SunOpta a green thumbs-up, and 49 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SunOpta is outperform, with an average price target of $7.38.

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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