Can Ulta Meet These Numbers?
Ulta (NAS: ULTA) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 14. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Ulta's revenues will grow 29.2% and EPS will increase 34.2%.
The average estimate for revenue is $752.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.98.
Last quarter, Ulta reported revenue of $505.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $413.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.59. GAAP EPS of $0.59 for Q3 were 40% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 36.7%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.1%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.71.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 322 members out of 368 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 111 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 100 give Ulta a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ulta is outperform, with an average price target of $112.14.
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