Ion Geophysical Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know
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What: Shares of Ion Geophysical (NYS: IO) fell 10% today after the company released earnings.
So what: Fourth-quarter revenues barely budged from a year earlier, coming in at $159.9 million. Net income was $12 million, but when you strip out "special items," earnings were a much more impressive $23.2 million, or $0.15 per share, in line with estimates.
Now what: Full-year numbers were similar with revenue barely growing over last year. With all of the expansion in drilling both on and offshore, expectations for growth are higher than Ion is giving, hence the drop in shares today. 2011 earnings per share were just $0.22, meaning shares are trading at 33 times trailing earnings, a steep price for a company that isn't growing revenue at a rapid pace.
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