Ferrellgas Partners Beats on the Top Line
Ferrellgas Partners (NYS: FGP) reported earnings on March 9. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q2), Ferrellgas Partners met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted slightly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins contracted, and net margins grew.
Ferrellgas Partners tallied revenue of $829.3 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $833.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $841.0 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.47. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.82 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.47 for Q2 were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 24.6%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.5%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $677.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.20.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.53 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.15.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 118 members out of 160 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 29 give Ferrellgas Partners a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ferrellgas Partners is underperform, with an average price target of $17.25.
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