The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 1 (Q4), SanDisk met expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly, and earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
SanDisk reported revenue of $1.58 billion. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $1.57 billion. Sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.33 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.29. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.26 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.14 for Q4 were 43% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.01 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 42.8%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.4%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.8%, 1,880 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.38 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.92.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.54 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.71.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,937 members out of 2,078 rating the stock outperform, and 142 members rating it underperform. Among 500 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 476 give SanDisk a green thumbs-up, and 24 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SanDisk is outperform, with an average price target of $59.09.
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