Tiffany Misses Where It Counts

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Tiffany (NYS: TIF) reported earnings yesterday. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Tiffany chalked up revenue of $1.19 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $1.19 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.10 billion.

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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
EPS came in at $1.39. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.42 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.39 for Q4 were 1.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.41 per share.

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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 60.4%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.1%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.0%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $817.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.95 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.94.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 568 members out of 725 rating the stock outperform, and 158 members rating it underperform. Among 211 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 182 give Tiffany a green thumbs-up, and 29 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Tiffany is outperform, with an average price target of $70.75.

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