Stone Energy Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

Stone Energy (NYSE: SGY  ) reported earnings on May 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Stone Energy beat expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.

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

Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, net margins increased.

Revenue details
Stone Energy reported revenue of $244.1 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $225.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $197.9 million.

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 $1.03. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.01 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.06 for Q1 were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.81 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 79.0%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 34.7%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 20.8%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $244.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.98.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.16.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 436 members out of 460 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 106 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 100 give Stone Energy 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 Stone Energy is buy, with an average price target of $41.43.

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