Linn Energy Whiffs on Revenues

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Linn Energy (NAS: LINE) reported earnings on June 4. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Linn Energy whiffed on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

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


Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Linn Energy booked revenue of $369.1 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $583.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 36% higher than the prior-year quarter's $352.1 million.

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 $0.16. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.25 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q1 were 36% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.96 for Q1 versus -$0.04 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 74.2%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -8.6%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -46.5%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $582.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.26.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.74 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.24.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,059 members out of 1,095 rating the stock outperform, and 36 members rating it underperform. Among 254 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 246 give Linn Energy a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Linn Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $44.50.

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