Golar LNG Partners Limited Partnership Increases Sales but Misses Estimates on Earnings

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Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Sep 25, 2012 at 12:00AM
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Golar LNG Partners Limited Partnership (Nasdaq: GMLP) reported earnings on Sep. 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Golar LNG Partners Limited Partnership beat slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Golar LNG Partners Limited Partnership notched revenue of $51.5 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $50.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $50.9 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.50. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.53 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q2 were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 84.7%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 64.1%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 38.5%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $61.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $227.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.17.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Golar LNG Partners Limited Partnership is outperform, with an average price target of $38.35.

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