The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Radware beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Radware notched revenue of $45.1 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for net sales of $44.3 million. Sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $39.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.42. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.37 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.29 for Q4 were 71% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.17 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 80.9%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.0%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.7%, 470 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $43.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.36.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $190.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.59.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 107 members rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give Radware a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Radware is outperform, with an average price target of $34.00.
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