Why Triangle Petroleum Corporation's Shares Plunged

Why Triangle Petroleum Corporation's Shares Plunged

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of energy explorer Triangle Petroleum Corporation fell as much as 10% in trading today after the company reported earnings.

So what: Revenues jumped 315.7% to $88.6 million, easily topping estimates of $72.0 million. The problem is that earnings of $0.18 per share fell six cents short of estimates and considering the revenue beat it means that margins are far lower than expected.

Now what: Triangle Petroleum is in a major expansion mode so I would be less worried about short-term profits and focus on revenue growth. That's why the 47% sequential improvement in revenue was so impressive. Given the revenue growth and swing to profitability I think the stock is a reasonable value and I definitely don't see the bottom line miss as a reason to jump ship today.

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