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Can Clayton Williams Energy Meet These Numbers?

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:48PM

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Checking expectations

Clayton Williams Energy (Nasdaq: CWEI) is expected to report Q1 earnings around April 24. 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 -8.9% and EPS will shrink -32.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $99.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.43.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Clayton Williams Energy logged revenue of $101.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $105.5 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 $0.14. GAAP EPS were $0.14 for Q4 against -$1.28 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 63.7%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.7%, much better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $409.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.10.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 204 members out of 223 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 48 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 42 give Clayton Williams Energy a green thumbs-up, and six 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 $65.25.

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