Northwest Natural Gas
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Northwest Natural Gas missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank. GAAP earnings per share shrank.
Margins grew across the board.
Northwest Natural Gas reported revenue of $110.3 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $118.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% lower than the prior-year quarter's $271.2 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 $1.05. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.10 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.05 for Q4 were 3.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.09 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 35.7%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.6%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.4%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $136.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.52.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $385.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.52.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 142 members out of 148 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 38 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Northwest Natural Gas a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Northwest Natural Gas is hold, with an average price target of $45.25.
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