Can Williams Companies Beat These Numbers?

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Williams Companies (NYS: WMB) is expected to report Q2 earnings tomorrow. 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 Williams Companies's revenues will shrink -26.1% and EPS will wane 43.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.97 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.22.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Williams Companies notched revenue of $2.02 billion. GAAP reported sales were 7.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.87 billion.

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

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.39. GAAP EPS of $0.70 for Q1 were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.54 per share.

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

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 33.2%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.1%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 21%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.11 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.18.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 524 members rating the stock outperform and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 120 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 113 give Williams Companies a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Williams Companies is outperform, with an average price target of $33.32.

Is Williams Companies the right energy stock for you? Read about a handful of timely, profit-producing plays on expensive crude in "3 Stocks for $100 Oil." Click here for instant access to this free report.

The article Can Williams Companies Beat These Numbers? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Seth Jaysonhad no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2012 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners