Cerner Outruns Estimates Again

Cerner (NAS: CERN) reported earnings on Feb. 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Gross margins contracted, operating margins expanded, and net margins increased.

Revenue details
Cerner recorded revenue of $615.6 million. The 19 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $588.7 million. Sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $500.2 million.


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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.55. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.52 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.52 for Q4 were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.


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 78.6%, 240 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 22.4%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.8%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $577.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.50.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.49 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.26.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 373 members rating the stock outperform and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 132 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 120 give Cerner a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cerner is outperform, with an average price target of $69.17.

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