The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 30 (Q2), FuelCell Energy beat expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly. GAAP loss per share contracted.
Margins increased across the board.
FuelCell Energy chalked up revenue of $42.4 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $38.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 76% higher than the prior-year quarter's $24.2 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 -$0.04. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.05 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.04 for Q2 against -$0.06 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 5.5%, 470 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -17.0%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -17.4%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $40.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.04.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $160.8 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.17.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 584 members out of 715 rating the stock outperform, and 131 members rating it underperform. Among 111 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 62 give FuelCell Energy a green thumbs-up, and 49 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FuelCell Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $2.06.
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