Does The Street Have Linn Energy Figured Out?

Linn Energy (Nasdaq: LINE  ) is expected to report Q2 earnings around July 24. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Linn Energy's revenues will wane -28.2% and EPS will shrink -19.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $575.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Linn Energy tallied revenue of $369.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 36% higher than the prior-year quarter's $352.1 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.16. GAAP EPS were -$0.96 for Q1 compared to -$0.04 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 74.2%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -8.6%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -46.5%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.51 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,091 members out of 1,132 rating the stock outperform, and 41 members rating it underperform. Among 233 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 224 give Linn Energy a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Linn Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $44.50.

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  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2013, at 4:21 AM, Qualfool wrote:

    LINE is releasing earnings:Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. Central (11 a.m. Eastern) to discuss the Company's second quarter and its outlook for the remainder of 2013.

    And of course everyone knows that DCF is what matters when one writes about MLPs

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