The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Sequenom met expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP loss per share shrank.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins shrank, net margins expanded.
Sequenom logged revenue of $15.5 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $15.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $13.8 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at -$0.22. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated -$0.18 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.22 for Q4 against -$0.27 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 45.6%, 1,680 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -141.6%, 2,820 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -143.2%, 1,690 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $16.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.18.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $78.8 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.68.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 648 members out of 702 rating the stock outperform, and 54 members rating it underperform. Among 160 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 146 give Sequenom a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sequenom is outperform, with an average price target of $7.03.
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