DuPont Fabros Technology Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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DuPont Fabros Technology (NYS: DFT) reported earnings on Feb. 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), DuPont Fabros Technology met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share increased.

Gross margins shrank, operating margins dropped, and net margins grew.

Revenue details
DuPont Fabros Technology logged revenue of $74.4 million. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $74.8 million. Sales were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $66.0 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.12. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.10 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.12 for Q4 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 67.9%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 35.5%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.9%, 300 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $80.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $341.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 98 members out of 119 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 41 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 38 give DuPont Fabros Technology a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on DuPont Fabros Technology is outperform, with an average price target of $25.92.

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