EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO) reported earnings on Feb. 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), EXCO Resources whiffed on revenue and whiffed on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP loss per share grew.

Gross margin grew, operating margin contracted, and net margin contracted.

Revenue details
EXCO Resources reported revenue of $178.9 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $235.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 33% higher than the prior-year quarter's $134.9 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.09. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.18 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.78 for Q4 against -$0.34 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 68.2%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -138.7%, 12,310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -93.2%, 3,920 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $198.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.09.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $960.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.59.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 456 members out of 478 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 107 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 106 give EXCO Resources a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on EXCO Resources is hold, with an average price target of $15.30.

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