Headwaters Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Buying Shares Now

Headwaters Inc. (NYSE:HW) had a loss and missed Wall Street’s expectations, BUT beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 2.65%.

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Headwaters Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $-0.14 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.30 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 8.77% to $141 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Headwaters Inc. reported adjusted EPS loss of $0.14 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $-0.11. It beat the average revenue estimate of $137.26 million.

Quoting Management: “We experienced colder winter weather in 2013 compared to 2012, particularly in the upper Midwest and Northeast. In spite of more normal winter weather patterns, both of our operating segments generated organic top line growth in the quarter,” said Kirk A. Benson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Headwaters. “Additional revenue growth was generated from our acquisition of Kleer, which performed as expected during the quarter. We are pleased with the opportunity presented by the acquisition and look forward to further top line growth through broader distribution of trimboard. Integration of Kleer is proceeding as planned and many of the expected synergies will be in place in the June quarter.”

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Revenue decreased 5.73% from $149.57 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased to $-0.14 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.06 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.17 to a profit $0.18. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $0.22 to a profit of $0.24 over the last ninety days.

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