Copano Energy (Nasdaq: CPNO) reported earnings on Feb. 28. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Copano Energy beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew. GAAP loss per share grew.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
Copano Energy booked revenue of $396.8 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $389.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $355.6 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 $0.22. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.13 per share. Non-GAAP EPS were $0.22 for Q4 against -$0.02 per share for the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS were -$0.66 for Q4 compared to -$0.02 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 13.2%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.8%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -10.4%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $466.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.17.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 331 members out of 347 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 116 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 113 give Copano Energy 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 Copano Energy is hold, with an average price target of $35.50.

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