Hecla Mining Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

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Hecla Mining (NYS: HL) reported earnings on May 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Hecla Mining beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.


Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Hecla Mining recorded revenue of $91.2 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $85.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $136.4 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
EPS came in at $0.06. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.05 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.04 for Q1 were 73% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.15 per share.

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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 63.5%, 380 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.3%, 1,940 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.8%, 1,800 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $86.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.05.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $380.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.27.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,270 members out of 1,337 rating the stock outperform, and 67 members rating it underperform. Among 233 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 213 give Hecla Mining a green thumbs-up, and 20 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hecla Mining is hold, with an average price target of $6.51.

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