The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Ensco missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Ensco chalked up revenue of $1.03 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $1.06 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $361.5 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 $1.16. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.15 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.15 for Q1 were 156% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.45 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 49.3%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 32.0%, 980 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 25.9%, 800 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.10 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.34.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.47 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.43.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,076 members rating the stock outperform and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 281 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 278 give Ensco 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 Ensco is outperform, with an average price target of $65.94.
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