Three months ago, storage systems builder Xyratex
That was then … this is now. Fourth-quarter results are in and Xyratex is falling again. Only this time, the company really didn't do so well.
Sales jumped 63% year-over-year to $397 million, but the Street wanted $420 million on average. Non-GAAP earnings more than doubled from $0.26 per share to $0.69 per share, yet the consensus target sat at $0.74 per share and was out of reach. For what it's worth, both metrics fell at the lower end of the company's own guidance -- which in turn was a disappointment when it was issued.
In his comments, CEO Steve Barber turned the spotlight to an outstanding year and made no reference at all to the fourth quarter. Revenue guidance for the coming period was upbeat but the earnings forecast less so. Demand softened last quarter, and it was a marketwide drop: Top three customers NetApp
The stock is still up from that last terrible fall, but the storage buyout binge seems to be over and I'm not as convinced that we're looking at a deep-discount value this time. Xyratex keeps up solid growth despite falling in the value-priced segment of the storage world, but proven performers and straight-up disk builders Western Digital
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