Leggett & Platt Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Down Now

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) delivered a profit and missed Wall Street’s expectations, AND came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 1.93%.

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Leggett & Platt, Incorporated Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 10% to $0.33 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.30 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 1.14% to $936 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated reported adjusted EPS income of $0.33 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $0.38. It missed the average revenue estimate of $963.25 million.

Quoting Management: CEO David S. Haffner commented, “We are pleased with our start to 2013, and remain optimistic that we will continue to see longer-term benefits from ongoing consumer and housing market recoveries. EPS grew 10% versus the same quarter last year, and our EBIT margin increased by 60 basis points. These improvements occurred despite flat unit volume, which reflects the lack of overall market demand growth. First quarter EPS was impacted by 3 cents per share from an unusually high accrual for TSR-driven and other stock-based long-term incentive compensation plans; this primarily reflects the significant increase in stock price from $27 to $34 over the course of the quarter.”

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Revenue increased 9.73% from $853 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 34% from $0.50 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.43 to a profit $0.44. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.62, which is the same with that ninety days ago.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)