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Palm Sweats Earnings in Q4: Fool by Numbers

On June 29, 2006, Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Palm (Nasdaq: PALM  ) released Q4 2006 earnings for the period ended May 31, 2006.

  • Sales and per-share earnings easily beat Street estimates, but that wasn't enough to please investors. Palm shares are trading roughly 11% lower today.
  • Blame guidance. Management said it expects $380 million to $385 million in first-quarter sales and $0.18 to $0.19 in per-share earnings. Analysts, however, were projecting an average of $0.22 a stub on $413.4 million in revenue. Ouch.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

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*Adjusted for restructuring expenses, stock-based compensation and other charges

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Balance Sheet Highlights


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Cash Flow Checkup

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  • Nokia (NYSE: NOK  )
  • Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  )

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