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What: Shares of Chinese digital TV smart-card maker China Digital TV
So what: In his weekly look ahead, my fellow Fool Rick Munarriz said that China Digital TV was expected to post "modest growth." For a value investor like myself, the 30% year-over-year earnings-per-share growth that the company ended up reporting is a bit more than modest, but it was not nearly enough for Wall Street -- or the growth-focused crowd -- following it. Earnings per share were $0.13 for the first quarter, which was easily short of the $0.15 analysts had estimated. Revenue was up 38% from last year to $19.3 million, which was just shy of the $19.8 million Wall Street was looking for.
Now what: And while the results may have been softer than investors had hoped for, the outlook wasn't any more encouraging. For the second quarter, the company projected year-over-year sales growth of 4% to 12%, which is short of current analyst expectations. On the bright side though, the shares -- particularly after today's drop -- are hardly trading at a pricey premium. Based on current 2011 expectations, China Digital TV's shares trade at roughly 8.5 times earnings.
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