The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Cohu beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Cohu chalked up revenue of $66.6 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $65.1 million. Sales were 31% lower than the prior-year quarter's $96.9 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.03. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.03 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.03 for Q4 were 92% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.39 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 32.2%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.8%, 900 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.1%, 860 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $63.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.02.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $288.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.47.
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