Anheuser-Busch InBev Crushes Estimates

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYS: BUD) reported earnings on March 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Anheuser-Busch InBev met expectations on revenue and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins improved across the board.

Revenue details
Anheuser-Busch InBev logged revenue of $9.87 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $9.80 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $9.47 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.23. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.92 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.11 for Q4 were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 59.3%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 35.1%, 440 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.7%, 850 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $9.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.91.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $40.61 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.40.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 209 members rating the stock outperform and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 62 give Anheuser-Busch InBev a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Anheuser-Busch InBev is buy, with an average price target of $66.70.

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