The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Novellus Systems beat slightly on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Novellus Systems reported revenue of $282.7 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $278.3 million. Sales were 26% lower than the prior-year quarter's $384.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.45. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.47 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q4 were 37% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.89 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 46.8%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.2%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.6%, 760 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $290.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.24 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.93.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 142 members out of 177 rating the stock outperform, and 35 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 57 give Novellus Systems a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Novellus Systems is hold, with an average price target of $42.45.
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