Alpha Natural Resources Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Happy Now

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) had a loss and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 4.83%.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased to $-0.19 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.07 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 24.98% to $1.56 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. reported adjusted EPS loss of $-0.19 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $-0.55. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.55 billion.

Quoting Management: “This was a pivotal quarter for Alpha and concluded a year in which we made tremendous strides across our strategic priorities. Alpha posted strong results in the fourth quarter, reporting adjusted EBITDA of $217 million primarily driven by our ability to control costs in both our Eastern and our Western operations,” said Kevin Crutchfield, Alpha’s chief executive officer.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 4.62% from $1.63 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased to $-0.19 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.16 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a loss of $0.62 to a loss $0.68. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of $1.3 to a loss of $1.31 over the last ninety days.

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