Exterran Partners' Earnings Beat Last Year's by 267%

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Exterran Partners (NAS: EXLP) reported earnings on Feb. 23. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Exterran Partners missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved.

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Exterran Partners booked revenue of $83.3 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $85.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $68.4 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.11. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.10 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.10 for Q4 against -$0.73 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 48.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.2%, 400 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.4%, 3,970 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $85.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $371.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.67.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 144 members out of 150 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 73 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 72 give Exterran Partners a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Exterran Partners is outperform, with an average price target of $29.13.

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