Can Ultra Petroleum Meet These Numbers?
Jul 30th 2012 2:26PM
Updated Jul 30th 2012 2:30PM
Ultra Petroleum (NYS: UPL) is expected to report Q2 earnings around Aug. 2. 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 Ultra Petroleum's revenues will compress -4.8% and EPS will decrease -51.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $267.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.
Last quarter, Ultra Petroleum reported revenue of $226.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $257.3 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.32. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q1 were 25% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 66.5%, 830 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 67.6%, 1,810 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 37.3%, 1,060 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.07 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.31.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,532 members out of 1,580 rating the stock outperform, and 48 members rating it underperform. Among 295 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 282 give Ultra Petroleum a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ultra Petroleum is hold, with an average price target of $33.69.
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