The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), RPC met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
RPC logged revenue of $502.6 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $506.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $381.8 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 $0.37. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.34 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.37 for Q1 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.30 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 45.5%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.3%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.1%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $517.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.29.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 474 members out of 497 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 143 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 139 give RPC a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on RPC is hold, with an average price target of $12.36.
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