The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), TransAlta whiffed on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly. GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Margins grew across the board.
TransAlta tallied revenue of $514.3 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $575.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 29% higher than the prior-year quarter's $399.0 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 $0.05. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.05 for Q2 against -$3.44 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 40.6%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.2%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.6%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $588.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.68.
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