Palm Sweats: Fool by Numbers

On June 28, smartphone and PDA specialist Palm (Nasdaq: PALM  ) released fourth-quarter earnings for the period ended May 31.

  • At least the cash flow picture has improved for this Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Both cash from operations and free cash flow flipped from negative in last year's Q4 to positive this time around.
  • If you're keeping track, revenue for the current first quarter is expected to be in the $355 million to $365 million range, with EPS somewhere close to breakeven.
  • Read Rich Smith's semi-optimistic view of today's earnings right here.
  • In Motley Fool CAPS, the stock receives a lowly one-star rating.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data.)

Income Statement Highlights

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Sales

$401.3

$403.1

(0.5%)

Net Profit

$15.4

$27.2

(43.5%)

EPS

$0.15

$0.25

(40%)

Diluted Shares

105.2

108.2

(2.8%)

Get back to basics with the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change*

Gross Margin

38.2%

37.2%

1.1

Operating Margin

4.3%

5.8%

(1.6)

Net Margin

3.8%

6.7%

(2.9)

*Expressed in percentage points.

Margins are the earnings engine.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$546.7

$518.9

5.4%

Accounts Rec.

$204.3

$204.3

(0%)

Inventory

$39.2

$58.0

(32.5%)

Liabilities

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Accounts Payable

$196.2

$184.5

6.3%

Long-Term Debt

$0.0

$0.0

N/A

The balance sheet reflects the company's health.

Cash Flow Highlights

Q4 2007

Q4 2006

Change

Cash From Ops.

$42.9

($28.1)

N/A

Capital Expenditures

$5.0

$3.3

54.3%

Free Cash Flow

$37.9

($31.3)

N/A

Free cash flow is a Fool's best friend.

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Palm is a Stock Advisor pick.

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