The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Hess beat expectations on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly, and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss.
Margins contracted across the board.
Hess reported revenue of $8.82 billion. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $8.60 billion. Sales were 1.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.69 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.17. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.31 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $-0.39 for Q4 was much lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.18 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 17.0%, 470 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -1.2%, 1,270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.5%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $9.27 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.48.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $40.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.50.
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