Why M/A-Com Technology's Shares Tanked

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What: Shares of M/A-Com Technology (Nasdaq: MTSI  ) saw no love from the market this morning, plunging more than 22% in early trading after missing analyst estimates on its top line and offering underwhelming forward guidance. The analog semiconductor manufacturer now expects EPS of $0.18 to $0.23 on $72 million to $77 million in revenue for its upcoming fourth quarter.

So what: M/A-Com missed its own estimates on the top line this quarter, but diluted EPS was in line with its projections. Analysts were more bullish, and the $77.1 million top line came in well below expectations of $81.9 million, with the company's $0.29 EPS just beneath the $0.30 analysts were looking for. M/A-Com CEO Charles Bland blamed the weak numbers on lower demand out of Asia and Europe.

Now what: M/A-Com expects to remain profitable, which is certainly worth considering in light of its already-low 7.2 P/E. Specialty components for aerospace and defense markets may not be as highly sought after now that global headwinds seem to be blowing stronger, but there's no reason to run from this stock today. In fact, it may be worth taking a closer look at this stock before this apparent overcorrection starts to reverse.

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