What happened

Shares of Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) were down 20.2% as of 2:50 p.m. EST Wednesday after the wireless communications equipment company announced disappointing third-quarter 2019 results.

So what

More specifically, Sierra Wireless' quarterly revenue fell 14.5% year over year to $174 million, translating to adjusted net income of $0.03 per share. Though Sierra Wireless doesn't typically provide specific quarter guidance, both figures were well below consensus estimates for sales of $191 million and adjusted earnings of $0.11 per share.

Stock market chart in yellow indicating losses with pixelated charts in black and white in the background.


Within Sierra Wireless' top line, embedded broadband segment revenue fell 25.3% year over year to $80.6 million, while its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions business saw revenue decline 2.1% to $93.4 million. Within the latter, the company was quick to point out recurring subscription revenue grew 6.7%.

Sierra Wireless CEO Kent Thexton lauded "strong progress" with the company's transformation toward the integrated IoT solutions business.

"We had a record quarter in new recurring services wins and our services pipeline is growing," he elaborated. "In addition, we are continuing to drive greater efficiencies in our business under our two-year cost reduction program."

Now what

For the full year, however, Sierra Wireless also reduced its outlook to call for revenue of $708 million to $712 million, or down 10.5% from 2018 at the midpoint, with adjusted earnings per share of $0.00 to $0.03.  Its previous guidance was for revenue to be "down slightly" and translate to adjusted earnings of $0.30 to $0.35 per share.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.