Cabot Oil & Gas
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Cabot Oil & Gas beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew significantly. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Cabot Oil & Gas logged revenue of $369.9 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $349.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $268.0 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 $0.27. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.21 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.27 for Q4 were 35% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.20 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.19 for Q4 were 46% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.13 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 76.5%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 33.0%, 630 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.0%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $362.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.68 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.23.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 481 members out of 528 rating the stock outperform, and 47 members rating it underperform. Among 105 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 97 give Cabot Oil & Gas a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cabot Oil & Gas is outperform, with an average price target of $56.33.
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