Caterpillar Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS
Caterpillar (NYS: CAT) reported earnings on April 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Caterpillar met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins increased, and net margins improved.
Caterpillar recorded revenue of $15.98 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $16.22 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $12.95 billion.
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 $2.37. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $2.15 per share. GAAP EPS of $2.37 for Q1 were 29% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.84 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 28.4%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.9%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $17.68 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $71.45 billion. The average EPS estimate is $9.55.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Caterpillar is outperform, with an average price target of $130.
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