Stone Energy (NYSE: SGY) reported earnings on Feb. 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Stone Energy beat expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Stone Energy recorded revenue of $254.9 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $236.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $221.8 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 $0.94. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.55 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.94 for Q4 were 1.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.93 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.91 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 74.0%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.8%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.4%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $224.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $863.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.13.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 430 members out of 453 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 104 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 99 give Stone Energy a green thumbs-up, and five 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 $33.88.

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