The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Ensco beat slightly on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Margins shrank across the board.
Ensco chalked up revenue of $1.00 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $988.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $408.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.99. The 26 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.95 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.99 for Q4 were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.93 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 48.5%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.5%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 22.9%, 960 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.07 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.29.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.53 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.73.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS. Among 344 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 338 give Ensco a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ensco is outperform, with an average price target of $63.82.
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