United Stationers Inc. (NASDAQ:USTR) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.
United Stationers Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet
Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 30.3% to $0.86 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.66 in the year-earlier quarter.
Revenue: Decreased 0.13% to $1.27 billion from the year-earlier quarter.
Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: United Stationers Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.86 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.76. It missed the average revenue estimate of $1.3 billion.
Quoting Management: “We are pleased to report another quarter of strong results,” said Cody Phipps, president and chief executive officer. “Our strategic initiatives are working, we are in a strong financial position, and we continue to make excellent progress in developing talent and strengthening our purpose-driven culture. The OKI Supply acquisition, our recent restructuring actions, investments in growth businesses and ongoing cost actions were important factors in enabling us to deliver solid net income and EPS growth. We accomplished this in a soft demand environment while we continued to focus on the fundamentals that ensure long-term success.”
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Revenue increased 1.88% from $1.25 billion in the previous quarter. EPS increased 53.57% from $0.56 in the previous quarter.
Looking Forward: Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.98 to a profit $0.95. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $3.13 to a profit of $3.08 over the last ninety days.
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