Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) reported earnings on Nov. 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q2), Tidewater beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Tidewater reported revenue of $311.9 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $308.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $250.9 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 $0.83. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.83 for Q2 compared to -$0.10 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 42.7%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.7%, 1,130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.3%, 1,520 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $321.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.97.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.26 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.38.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 690 members out of 716 rating the stock outperform, and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 173 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 169 give Tidewater 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 Tidewater is outperform, with an average price target of $60.60.

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