TW Telecom Meets on Revenues, Misses on EPS

TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC  ) reported earnings on Feb. 11. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), TW Telecom met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share stayed the same.

Gross margins shrank, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
TW Telecom logged revenue of $377.9 million. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $376.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $351.5 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 $0.11. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.15 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.11 were the same as 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 57.9%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.6%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $383.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.14.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.58 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.68.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 87 members out of 111 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 34 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 28 give TW Telecom 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 TW Telecom is outperform, with an average price target of $27.91.

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