United Stationers Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Happy Now

United Stationers Inc. (NASDAQ:USTR) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 2.3%.

United Stationers Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $0.81 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.64 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 3.55% to $1.24 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: United Stationers Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.81 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.70. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.24 billion.

Quoting Management: “Our fourth quarter results showed progress on many fronts,” said Cody Phipps, president and chief executive officer. “Benefiting from our recent acquisition, United’s industrial platform is expected to contribute 12% of total revenues and is well positioned for future growth. Our other businesses also continued to show sales and profit growth. This reflected the success of our cost control and value-adding initiatives, and our continued focus on building capabilities that help customers and suppliers capitalize on opportunities in this evolving market. As a result, we generated record revenue, EPS growth and strong cash flow.”

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Revenue decreased 3.47% from $1.29 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 10.99% from $0.91 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.55 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.70, 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)