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Why Avid Technology Stock Crashed Today

By John Ballard - May 5, 2022 at 2:53PM

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The company warned of uneven operating results in the near term due to supply chain disruptions.

What happened

Shares of Avid Technology (AVID 0.58%) were trading down by 20.6% at 2:36 p.m. ET on Thursday after the company delivered first-quarter results that were at the lower end of management's previous guidance. At that point in the session, the Nasdaq was down by 5.4%, largely on macro-economic concerns.  

So what

Overall, Avid Technology continues to see growing demand for its software and tools used for content creation in the music, film, and TV broadcasting industries. In Q1, its revenue grew 7% year over year to $100.6 million, which was in line with analysts' estimates. That was driven by strong growth in subscription revenue of 32% year over year. 

However, shortages of key components for its audio solutions contributed to revenue being lighter than management had expected. 

"While we continue to see strong customer demand and business activity for our solutions, we have seen a tightening of supply for several components for our audio integrated solutions at the end of the first quarter that impacted our ability to meet customer orders, resulting in first quarter revenue at the lower end of our guidance," CEO Jeff Rosica said.

He further cautioned that supply chain obstacles could cause further unevenness in the company's near-term results.  

A software developer working on a computer.

Image source: Getty Images.

Now what

The market is bracing for a possible recession, given the combination of high inflation and the tactics that central banks are implementing to counter it. As a result, the share prices of companies that are reporting weaker growth this earnings season are getting slammed.

Management expects Avid Technology's second-quarter revenue to land in the $92 million to $104 million range. Full-year guidance calls for revenue in the $430 million to $450 million range, which would represent growth of 7% at the midpoint. 

Meanwhile, the company continues to repurchase shares -- 10 million worth in Q1 -- reflecting management's confidence in future growth.  Analysts currently expect Avid Technology to grow earnings at an annualized rate of 15% over the next five years.

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