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Helen of Troy Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

Tuesday - 4/30/2013, 2:00am  ET

Helen of Troy reported earnings on April 29. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 28 (Q4), Helen of Troy beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Helen of Troy chalked up revenue of $326.0 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $314.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $294.0 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 $0.98. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.92 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.98 for Q4 were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.92 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 40.4%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.2%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.7%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $307.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.79.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.32 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.79.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 81 members out of 109 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 38 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 26 give Helen of Troy a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Helen of Troy is hold, with an average price target of $40.67.

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