Dawson Geophysical (Nasdaq: DWSN) reported earnings on Feb. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), Dawson Geophysical missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased.

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Dawson Geophysical logged revenue of $92.4 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $95.6 million. Sales were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $72.7 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.23. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.28 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.41 for Q1 against -$0.21 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 14.7%, 580 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.5%, 740 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.5%, 580 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $105.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.51.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $426.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.16.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Dawson Geophysical is outperform, with an average price target of $50.33.

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