Molycorp Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Selling Shares Now

Molycorp, Inc (NYSE:MCP) had a loss and missed Wall Street’s expectations, AND 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 13.23%.

Molycorp, Inc Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $-0.36 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.03 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 30.87% to $136.86 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Molycorp, Inc  reported adjusted EPS loss of $0.36 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $-0.23. It missed the average revenue estimate of $157.56 million.

Quoting Management: “We are seeing increasingly bullish signals from customers across several segments for product demand, and increased demand will coincide nicely with increased production capacity at Mountain Pass and declining production costs,” said Constantine Karayannopoulos, President and CEO. “As we continue to optimize operations at Mountain Pass, and bring up the chloralkali plant in the second half of 2013, we should be ready to adjust production to meet customer demand and be price competitive with any rare earth producer in the world.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 6.5% from $146.37 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased to $-0.36 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.15 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 $0.15 to a loss $0.21. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of $0.68 to a loss of $0.73 over the last ninety days.

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

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