A. M. Castle Beats Expectations But Takes A Step Back Anyway
A. M. Castle (NYS: CAS) reported earnings on July 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), A. M. Castle missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly. GAAP loss per share expanded.
Margins dropped across the board.
A. M. Castle tallied revenue of $273.4 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see net sales of $296.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 17% lower than the prior-year quarter's $329.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
EPS came in at $0.02. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated -$0.09 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.02 for Q2 were 82% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.11 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.16 for Q2 against -$0.13 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 13.2%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.9%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.4%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $303.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.06.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.19 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.42.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 159 members out of 173 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 54 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 51 give A. M. Castle a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on A. M. Castle is outperform, with an average price target of $18.00.
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