What to Expect from Hecla Mining

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Hecla Mining (NYS: HL) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 25. 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 Hecla Mining's revenues will wane -23.0% and EPS will contract -33.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $79.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.04.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Hecla Mining booked revenue of $81.9 million. GAAP reported sales were 32% lower than the prior-year quarter's $120.5 million.

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 $0.01. GAAP EPS shrank to zero from the prior-year quarter's $0.19.

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 59.7%, 580 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.1%, 6,250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.1%, 4,750 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $324.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.12.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,263 members out of 1,332 rating the stock outperform, and 69 members rating it underperform. Among 213 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 190 give Hecla Mining a green thumbs-up, and 23 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 $6.02.

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