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US Airways Group, Inc. (LCC) Beats Up On The Analysts

US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) reported earnings on April 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP earnings per share dropped.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins grew, net margins contracted.

Revenue details
US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) chalked up revenue of $3.38 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $3.36 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 $0.31. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.26 per share. Non-GAAP EPS were $0.31 for Q1 compared to -$0.13 per share for the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS of $0.26 for Q1 were 7.1% lower than the prior-year quarter’s $0.28 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 18.5%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.2%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.3%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter’s average estimate for revenue is $3.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.56.

Next year’s average estimate for revenue is $14.46 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.03.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 485 members out of 826 rating the stock outperform, and 341 members rating it underperform. Among 187 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 111 give US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) a green thumbs-up, and 76 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) is outperform, with an average price target of $19.27.

The article US Airways Group Beats Up on Analysts Yet Again originally appeared on and is written by Seth Jayson.

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