Illinois Tool Works Beats on EPS but GAAP Results Lag

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Illinois Tool Works (NYS: ITW) reported earnings April 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Illinois Tool Works met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.

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


Gross margins expanded, operating margins improved, net margins shrank.

Revenue details
Illinois Tool Works reported revenue of $4.55 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $4.60 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.27 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
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.97. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.95 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.00 for Q1 were 19% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.24 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 36.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.5%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.7%, 390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.92 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.07.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $19.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.14.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 760 members out of 786 rating the stock outperform, and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 241 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 237 give Illinois Tool Works a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Illinois Tool Works is outperform, with an average price target of $58.06.

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