Dun & Bradstreet Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Dun & Bradstreet (NYS: DNB) reported earnings on Feb. 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Dun & Bradstreet met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

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

Revenue details
Dun & Bradstreet booked revenue of $498.7 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $500.8 million. Sales were 3.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $481.7 million.


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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $2.21. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $2.10 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.93 for Q4 were 4.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.85 per share.


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 29.1%, 3,780 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 29.1%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.7%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $414.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.36.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.79 billion.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 112 members out of 127 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 49 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 45 give Dun & Bradstreet a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average price target is $79.14.

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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