Cray Misses Where it Counts

Cray (Nasdaq: CRAY  ) reported earnings on Feb. 14. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Cray met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Cray reported revenue of $188.8 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $187.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $91.6 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.44. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.51 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.36 for Q4 were 58% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.86 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 28.7%, 970 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.6%, 1,010 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.4%, 2,650 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $60.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.36.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $498.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.31.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 145 members out of 176 rating the stock outperform, and 31 members rating it underperform. Among 37 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 29 give Cray a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cray is outperform, with an average price target of $15.75.

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  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2013, at 12:53 AM, 945BC wrote:

    Ok, I am confused. I already subscribe to a number of Motley services, which I love, yet, I am supposed to sign up again just to find out the semiconductor stock that is a better play than CRAY under the teaser "The Next Trillion Dollar Revolution"? C'mon guys, no one wants to be nickel and dimed to death here!

  • Report this Comment On February 17, 2013, at 6:28 AM, brydels1 wrote:

    Just curious... did you read the transcript of the earnings call before you posted this article?

    All of your concerns are addressed in the earnings call.

    Margins contracted due to the completion of a single large project that carried reduced margins (as large projects, in almost any line of business, often do).

    The stock was up about 7 percent after the earnings conference call.

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