The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Stone Energy beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Stone Energy booked revenue of $227.4 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $219.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $207.7 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 $0.48. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.57 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q3 were 54% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.06 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 69.3%, 650 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.6%, 1,930 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.4%, 1,460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $241.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $925.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.81.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 433 members out of 456 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 99 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 93 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 outperform, with an average price target of $37.67.
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