The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Orbotech missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Orbotech reported revenue of $133.3 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $138.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $124.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.21. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.29 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.06 for Q4 were 50% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.12 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 36.4%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.7%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.9%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $130.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.24.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $546.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.24.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 92 members out of 98 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give Orbotech 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 Orbotech is outperform, with an average price target of $13.90.
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