EnergySolutions Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of nuclear services specialist EnergySolutions (NYSE: ES  ) plummeted more than 15% on Thursday after its quarterly results and full-year guidance failed to meet Wall Street expectations.

So what: According to the company, business activity was in line with expectations, but a change in accounting treatment for its Zion decommissioning project led to a fourth-quarter loss of $22 million, or $0.25 per share. Even when you exclude that one-time item, however, EnergySolutions' adjusted income of $10.5 million, or $0.12 per share, came in well below the average analyst estimate of $0.19 per share.

Now what: I'd look into this near-20% plunge as a possible long-term entry point. While EnergySolutions' full-year EBITDA guidance of $130 million to $140 million also disappointed Wall Street, the company seems to be building a solid foundation with the expected ramp-up of Zion, as well as a generally more focused growth strategy. The shares had been recovering nicely from its recent nuclear-fear-induced beating, but today's plunge might be giving investors yet another chance to pounce.

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  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2011, at 5:53 PM, pebbles444 wrote:

    Here's a question for someone....Did Motley Fool short Energy Solutions before its earnings? I always read at the bottom of all these articles which stocks the Fool owns themselves. All the articles about ES before earnings yesterday said that the Fool owned shares but today, this article doesn't say it at the bottom of the page anymore. I can only hope that Motley Fool has integrity and didn't short ES before its earnings yesterday since it's a stock they recommend to investors. If they did short ES, that would mean they had some prior knowledge or suspicion that the earnings would be disappointing and the stock would sell-off. Now, that would be insider information wouldn't it???

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2011, at 2:28 PM, Canuck2010 wrote:

    Actually, one of the portfolio services MF offers (they invest in a real money portfolio along with their subscribers) owns ES. I'll leave it up to someone at MF if they wish to disclose which service.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2011, at 6:58 PM, pebbles444 wrote:

    Canuck....Thank you for your response. Yes, the service is/was Hidden Gems because I was a subscriber.

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