The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Vaalco Energy crushed expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share was unchanged.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins increased, net margins dropped.
Vaalco Energy chalked up revenue of $67.8 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $44.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 77% higher than the prior-year quarter's $38.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.15. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.19 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.15 were the same as 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 83.4%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 57.4%, 880 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.9%, 1,040 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $45.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $203.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.83.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,516 members out of 1,563 rating the stock outperform, and 47 members rating it underperform. Among 351 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 344 give Vaalco 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 Vaalco Energy is hold, with an average price target of $7.00.
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