JB Hunt Transport Services Hits Estimates in Solid Quarter

JB Hunt Transport Services (NAS: JBHT) reported earnings on Jan. 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), JB Hunt Transport Services met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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


Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
JB Hunt Transport Services logged revenue of $1.34 billion. The 21 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $1.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.20 billion.

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 $0.70. The 27 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.69 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.70 for Q4 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 per share.

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 17.5%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.7%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.28 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.63.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.57 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.99.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 155 members out of 204 rating the stock outperform, and 49 members rating it underperform. Among 58 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 48 give JB Hunt Transport Services a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on JB Hunt Transport Services is outperform, with an average price target of $60.87.

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