After beating estimates last quarter by 3 cents, ATMI (Nasdaq: ATMI) has set the standard for itself. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 20. ATMI is a suppliers of materials, materials packaging and materials delivery systems used worldwide in the manufacture of microelectronic devices.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on ATMI with three of five analysts rating it hold. Analysts don't like ATMI as much as competitor Advanced Energy Industries overall. Six out of eight analysts rate Advanced Energy Industries a buy compared to one of five for ATMI. While analysts still rate the stock a hold, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $104.6 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 15% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of 28 cents per share. Estimates range from 27 cents to 30 cents.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock with 91.9% giving it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All Stars with 91.8% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are bullish on ATMI, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 27 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of ATMI, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

ATMI's income has fallen year over year by an average of more than twofold. Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Gross Margin 47.7% 47% 48.1% 47.9%
Operating Margin 11.6% 9% 11.3% 11.7%
Net Margin 7.9% 14.3% 10% 8.3%

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