Clayton Williams Energy (Nasdaq: CWEI) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 21. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Clayton Williams Energy's revenues will decrease -3.8% and EPS will decrease -130.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $102.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Clayton Williams Energy reported revenue of $107.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 6.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $101.0 million.

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

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at -$0.59. GAAP EPS were -$0.59 for Q3 versus $6.13 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 64.1%, 990 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.4%, 12,430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -6.7%, 8,050 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $421.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.01.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 207 members out of 226 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 57 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 50 give Clayton Williams Energy a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Clayton Williams Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $84.00.

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