Actuant Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Actuant (NYS: ATU) reported earnings on June 20. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 31 (Q3), Actuant met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.

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


Gross margins shrank, operating margins increased, net margins shrank.

Revenue details
Actuant chalked up revenue of $429.2 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $429.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $392.8 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
EPS came in at $0.60. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.59 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q3 were 8.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.49 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.03 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)

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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 38.7%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.8%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.0%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $409.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.61 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.08.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 498 members out of 509 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 163 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 162 give Actuant a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Actuant is outperform, with an average price target of $33.08.

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