Balchem's Earnings Beat Last Year's by 15%

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Balchem (NAS: BCPC) reported earnings on July 31. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Balchem missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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


Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Balchem tallied revenue of $83.3 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw net sales of $86.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $79.0 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 details
EPS came in at $0.38. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.39 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.38 for Q2 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 per share.

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.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 29.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.9%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $83.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $343.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.53.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 341 members out of 349 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 99 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 98 give Balchem 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 Balchem is outperform, with an average price target of $50.67.

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