British mobile chip architecture designer ARM Holdings
The digits will be released bright and early at 7 AM, but that's London Time, which translates to 2 AM Eastern Time stateside. By the time you wake up tomorrow, the juicy details will be all yours to soak in. Another thing to keep in mind is that ARM goes by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) instead of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) we use here domestically.
On average, analysts are looking for a top line of $193.4 million in sales and a bottom line of $0.14 per American Depository share. The range of revenue estimates spans between $188.1 million and $195.5 million. If revenue comes in on target, that would represent 7.7% growth relative to the $179.6 million in sales last year.
If that level of growth seems like there's something left to be desired for a company currently trading at 74 times earnings, remember that ARM has high operating leverage, so it can translate modest revenue gains into explosive earnings growth. For example, last quarter ARM turned a 22% jump in revenue into a 113% larger bottom line. ARM has such low variable costs that its cost of revenues was a miniscule 5.7% of sales last quarter and a year ago – and when you flip that around, you get a gross margin topping 94%.
The $0.14 EPS expected would represent a 36% rise from last year, but I think ARM has a good shot of besting estimates. The company continues to ink new licenses (28 new chip licenses last quarter including 14 new customers), which generate recurring royalty revenue for years.
We'll see if ARM can stack up and beat rival designer, U.S.-based MIPS Technologies
Both MIPS and Intel are relying on Google
When it comes to mobile processors, ARM remains top dog, so look forward to some upbeat results tomorrow morning.
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