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Fool Checkup: Alpha Natural Resources Earnings

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR  ) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Alpha Natural Resources met expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Alpha Natural Resources tallied revenue of $1.56 billion. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for sales of $1.56 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 20% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.96 billion.

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 -$0.19. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.52 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.58 for Q4 against -$3.38 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 30.2%, 1,870 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.8%, 970 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -8.2%, 2,960 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.62.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.53 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$2.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 867 members out of 929 rating the stock outperform, and 62 members rating it underperform. Among 181 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 162 give Alpha Natural Resources a green thumbs-up, and 19 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Alpha Natural Resources is hold, with an average price target of $10.38.

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  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2013, at 6:05 AM, Mark2013 wrote:

    ANR, like AMD gets it and both companies are on the correct path to reaching highs of the last five years over the next two years. AMD has a company abroad backing it so much, they are placing one of their own on board of directors and will new tech coming in, the let go of some former engineers and replaced with new trustworthy that will not leak tech to competition imo. AMD will end up beating INTC before it's over and ANR is going to $20+ this year and back to $50+ over the next three because 90% of nations will be using this clean coal for decades to come and ANR will take advantage.

    This is not all about the 2nd wealthiest nation on earth aka USA and for truth, Canada became wealthiest and number one in education 4-12.

    Unfortunately, the States is no loner at the top in education. It's Canada, Israel and Japan first and we are 5th in healthcare because we allowed medical students view it as money making unlike students elsewhere who desire to make people well.

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