The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Swift Energy beat expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly, and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins increased, net margins expanded.
Swift Energy tallied revenue of $155.1 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $140.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 34% higher than the prior-year quarter's $115.7 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 $0.48. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.31 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q4 were 96% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 82.9%, 680 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 28.0%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.3%, 440 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $150.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.31.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $675.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.65.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 253 members rating the stock outperform and 27 members rating it underperform. Among 66 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 59 give Swift Energy a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Swift Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $47.16.
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