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Federal-Mogul Beats Estimates But Has a Big Earnings Drop

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 2:00am  ET

Federal-Mogul reported earnings on April 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Federal-Mogul missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Federal-Mogul logged revenue of $1.70 billion. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $1.75 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.

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 $0.24. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.21 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.24 for Q1 were 35% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.34 for Q1 compared to $0.32 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 14.8%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.2%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.0%, 380 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.73 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.17.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.76 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.38.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 40 members out of 68 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 20 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Federal-Mogul a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Federal-Mogul is hold, with an average price target of $5.00.

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