Stratus Properties, Inc. :STRS-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 12, 2017

Stratus Properties, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Stratus Properties, Inc. – A V Homes Inc and Tejon Ranch Co. (AVHI-US and TRC-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 20.66 million, Net Earnings of USD -2.67 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 18.65% to 16.07% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 0.44% from 0.98%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -88.87% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Narrowing of operating margins contributed to decline in earnings.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income (See complete table at the end of this report):

2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 20.66 20.99 21.18 19.15 19.03
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 8.61 0.01 7.64 -4.18 -5.93
Earnings (mil) -2.67 -0.17 -1.66 -2.48 -1.68
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -58.65 -156.86 -116.19 -121.89 -253.57
Net Margin (%) -12.92 -0.83 -7.83 -12.97 -8.85
EPS -0.33 -0.02 -0.2 -0.31 -0.21
Return on Equity (%) -8.5 -0.53 -5.03 -7.42 -4.96
Return on Assets (%) -2.5 -0.15 -1.46 -2.22 -1.54

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

STRS-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 8.61% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that STRS-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -1.53% and earnings by -1,434.48% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s year-on-year decline in earnings was influenced by a weakening in gross margins from 18.65% to 16.07%, as well as issues with cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 0.98% to 0.44% in this time frame. For comparison, gross margins were 19.48% and EBITDA margins were 6.46% in the previous period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

STRS-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -88.87% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.


The company’s decline in earnings has been influenced by the following factors: (1) Decline in operating margins (EBIT margins) from -7.86% to -9.93% and (2) one-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from -13.69% to -19.03%

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Stratus Properties, Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, and management of real estate assets. It operates through the following segments: Hotel; Entertainment; Real Estate Operations; Commercial Leasing; and Eliminations and Other. The Hotel segment manages W Austin Hotel and Residences. The Entertainment segment includes production studio and venue for live music, concert, and private events. The Real Estate Operations segment pertains to the firm’s residential properties. The Commercial Leasing segment offers office buildings and retail spaces. The Eliminations and Other segment consists of general and administrative operations. The company was founded on March 11, 1992 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

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