What happened

Shares of Fabrinet (NYSE:FN) popped as much as 12.7% early Tuesday and then settled to close up 8.3% after the advanced optical packaging company announced strong fiscal third-quarter 2017 results.

So what

Quarterly revenue rose 46.2% year over year to $366.8 million and translated to 46.6% growth in adjusted net income to $30.5 million. Adjusted net income per share increased 42.9%, to $0.80. By comparison -- and keeping in mind that adjusted earnings included a foreign exchange loss of $3.7 million, or $0.10 per share -- analysts' consensus estimates predicted adjusted earnings of $0.88 per share on lower revenue of $362.2 million. 

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Fabrinet CEO Tom Mitchell stated:

We had a strong third quarter, with revenue that exceeded our guidance range and grew 46% from a year ago. We are benefiting from growth in a variety of existing customer programs that are further supported by new business. Our new facility in Chonburi, Thailand, and our new product introduction facilities in Santa Clara, Calif., and the U.K. are also making important contributions that we expect to expand as we look ahead.

Now what

For the current (fiscal fourth) quarter, Fabrinet expects revneue of $361 million to $365 million, and adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.82 to $0.84. Curiously, both ranges fell below investors' expectations for fiscal fourth-quarter revenue of $371 million and adjusted earnings of $0.88 per share. 

Of course, given Fabrinet's relative outperformance in fiscal Q3, this doesn't rule out the possibility that it's once again under-promising with the aim of over-delivering. Fabrinet's quarter also helped alleviate fears that it would feel the brunt of industry slowdowns in China. So with shares still down more than 16% over the past three months as those fears had intensified leading up to today's report, it's no surprise to see Fabrinet stock rebounding today. 

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