Simpson Manufacturing Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

Simpson Manufacturing (NYS: SSD) reported earnings on Feb. 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Simpson Manufacturing met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Simpson Manufacturing booked revenue of $130.7 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $131.5 million. Sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $119.6 million.


Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.13. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.11 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.10 for Q4 compared to -$0.09 per share for the prior-year quarter.


Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 42.0%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.5%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.8%, 760 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $143.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $658.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.28.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 431 members out of 465 rating the stock outperform, and 34 members rating it underperform. Among 187 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 180 give Simpson Manufacturing a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Simpson Manufacturing is hold, with an average price target of $32.42.

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