Alliance Resource Partners
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Alliance Resource Partners missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins improved.
Alliance Resource Partners booked revenue of $474.6 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $484.3 million. Sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $418.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.93. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.79 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $2.16 for Q4 were 7.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.82 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 30.9%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.9%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 19.3%, 310 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $506.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.90.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.23.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 680 members out of 702 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 211 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 207 give Alliance Resource Partners a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Alliance Resource Partners is outperform, with an average price target of $82.83.
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