Cloud Peak Energy Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Down Now

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 2.06%.

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased 32.5% to $0.54 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.70 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 6.88% to $374.8 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Cloud Peak Energy Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.54 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.5. It missed the average revenue estimate of $404.25 million.

Quoting Management: “Given the challenging external environment in 2012, I am very pleased with the operational and financial performance of the company,” said Colin Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 11.99% from $425.86 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 32.5% from $0.80 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 profit of $0.42 to a profit $0.38. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $2.07 to a profit of $2.11 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)