Niska Gas Storage Partners Beats Expectations but Loses Ground Anyway
Niska Gas Storage Partners (NYS: NKA) reported earnings on May 22. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q4), Niska Gas Storage Partners missed estimates on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Gross margin improved, while operating margin and net margin dropped.
Niska Gas Storage Partners booked revenue of $57.3 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $63 million on the same basis. GAAP-reported sales were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $43.3 million.
EPS came in at $0.49. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.27 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.22 for Q4 were 46% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.
For the quarter, gross margin was 84.1%, 1,260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 48.6%, 2,990 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 27.3%, 3,710 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $49.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.05.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $209.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.32.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 133 members rating the stock outperform and six members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 34 give Niska Gas Storage Partners a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Niska Gas Storage Partners is hold, with an average price target of $9.17.
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