Heartland Payment Systems Hits Estimates in Solid Quarter

Heartland Payment Systems (NYS: HPY) reported earnings on July 31. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Heartland Payment Systems met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

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


Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Heartland Payment Systems reported revenue of $149.7 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $151.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $518.5 million.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.58. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.58 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.58 for Q2 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.53 for Q2 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 14.9%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.1%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $158.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.64.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $608.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.18.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 389 members out of 409 rating the stock outperform, and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 160 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 156 give Heartland Payment Systems a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Heartland Payment Systems is outperform, with an average price target of $36.31.

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