The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Willbros Group beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP loss per share contracted.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, net margins grew.
Willbros Group recorded revenue of $573.1 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $485.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 58% higher than the prior-year quarter's $361.7 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 $0.09. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.06 per share. Non-GAAP EPS were $0.09 for Q4 compared to -$0.41 per share for the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS were -$0.28 for Q4 versus -$2.82 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 1.2%, 670 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.2%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.3%, much better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $447.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.01.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.11 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.43.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 253 members out of 269 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 55 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 51 give Willbros Group 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 Willbros Group is hold, with an average price target of $6.50.
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