The Gory Details on Nabors Industries's Double Fumble

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Nabors Industries (NYS: NBR) reported earnings on Feb. 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Nabors Industries missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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


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

Revenue details
Nabors Industries reported revenue of $1.60 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $1.66 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.73 billion.

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 $0.22. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.29 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.22 for Q4 were 58% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.67 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.) GAAP EPS were $0.09 for Q4 versus -$0.37 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 36.1%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.1%, 480 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.7%, 780 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.72 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.35.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.87 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.33.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nabors Industries is hold, with an average price target of $17.89.

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