Guess Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

Guess (NYS: GES) reported earnings on March 20. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 2 (Q4), Guess beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded. Non-GAAP earnings per share dropped. GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.


Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Guess booked revenue of $815.1 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $785.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $775.8 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 $0.95. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.87 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.95 for Q4 were 9.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.05 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.85 for Q4 were 19% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.05 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 40.8%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.7%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.9%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $548.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.08.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.60 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.79.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 690 members out of 759 rating the stock outperform, and 69 members rating it underperform. Among 225 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 214 give Guess 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 Guess is hold, with an average price target of $28.92.

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