The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Continental Resources whiffed on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP loss per share improved.
Margins contracted across the board.
Continental Resources booked revenue of $114.1 million. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $479.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 59% lower than the prior-year quarter's $279.8 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.83. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.76 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.62 for Q4 compared to -$0.27 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 19.7%, 6,190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -152.2%, 12,950 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -98.2%, 8,210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $493.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.75.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.24.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS. Among 160 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 151 give Continental Resources 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 Continental Resources is outperform, with an average price target of $75.53.
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