Fibria Celulose Goes Negative

Fibria Celulose (NYS: FBR) reported earnings on Feb. 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Fibria Celulose beat expectations on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Fibria Celulose logged revenue of $750.7 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $704.8 million. Sales were 20% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.07 billion.


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

EPS details
EPS came in at -$0.43. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.09 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.43 for Q4 against $0.21 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 4.2%, 1,570 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -9.5%, 2,070 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -25.7%, 3,600 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $742.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.25.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.15.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 222 members out of 236 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 77 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 73 give Fibria Celulose a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Fibria Celulose is hold, with an average price target of $9.91.

At the time this article was published Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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