The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Precision Drilling missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Precision Drilling notched revenue of $492.1 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $505.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $474.5 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 $0.14. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.18 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.14 for Q3 were 50% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 38.0%, 470 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.3%, 940 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.1%, 880 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $551.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.22.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.08 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.85.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,644 members out of 1,687 rating the stock outperform, and 43 members rating it underperform. Among 462 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 452 give Precision Drilling a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Precision Drilling is outperform, with an average price target of $11.32.
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