Level 3 Communications Misses on the Top and Bottom Lines

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Level 3 Communications (NYS: LVLT) reported earnings on July 31. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Level 3 Communications missed slightly on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly. Non-GAAP loss per share shrank. GAAP loss per share contracted.


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

Revenue details
Level 3 Communications booked revenue of $1.57 billion. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.59 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.59 billion.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at -$0.08. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged -$0.07 per share. Non-GAAP EPS were -$0.08 for Q2 versus -$0.21 per share for the prior-year quarter. GAAP EPS were -$0.11 for Q2 versus -$0.29 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 60.6%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.9%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.5%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.60 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.39 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.19.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,815 members out of 1,948 rating the stock outperform, and 133 members rating it underperform. Among 224 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 198 give Level 3 Communications a green thumbs-up, and 26 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Level 3 Communications is hold, with an average price target of $24.17.

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