Exide Technologies Misses Where It Counts

Exide Technologies (NAS: XIDE) filed its 10-K on Thursday. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q4), Exide Technologies beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP loss per share shrank.

Gross margins dropped, operating margins contracted, and net margins improved.

Revenue details
Exide Technologies chalked up revenue of $782.6 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $750.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $774.5 million.


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

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.05. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.06 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.03 for Q4 compared to -$0.18 per share for the prior-year quarter.


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 15.7%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.9%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.3%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $755.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.05.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.47.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 429 members rating the stock outperform and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 89 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 83 give Exide Technologies a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Exide Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $6.11.

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