What happened

In response to favorable third-quarter results and upbeat guidance, shares of FormFactor (FORM 1.29%), a maker of specialty equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, were up 23% as of 10:40 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

So what

Here's a look at the key numbers from the quarter:

  • Revenue dropped 6% to $135 million. While that's not good in absolute terms, it was slightly ahead of what Wall Street was expecting.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $19.6 million, or $0.26 per share. These numbers were both down more than 20% year over year, but they also were ahead of the consensus estimate among analysts.
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Turning to guidance, here's what management expects in the upcoming quarter:

  • Revenue is expected to land between $132 million and $140 million. This range would represent year-over-year growth of 3% at the midpoint. It's also higher than the $131.9 million that Wall Street was expecting.
  • Non-GAAP EPS is expected to land between $0.23 and $0.29. The midpoint of this range represents year-over-year growth of 8%. It's also nicely higher than the $0.23 in EPS that analysts had modeled.

Given the better-than-expected results, favorable guidance, and the fact that FormFactor's stock was down more than 20% since the start of the year, it isn't hard to figure out why bulls are having a good day.

Now what

It's great to see that FormFactor is projecting a return to growth, but this company operates in a very tough industry, and its results will always wax and wane with customer buying patterns. For that reason, I'm content to look elsewhere for more promising investment opportunities