The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), EQT beat expectations on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
EQT booked revenue of $450.0 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $402.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $455.7 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 $0.50. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.61 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.48 for Q1 were 41% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.82 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 67.7%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 33.8%, 960 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.0%, 1,080 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $370.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.61 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.10.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 144 members out of 157 rating the stock outperform, and 13 members rating it underperform. Among 48 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 45 give EQT a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on EQT is outperform, with an average price target of $65.97.
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