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What: Shares of chip design specialist Mentor Graphics
So what: Every once in a while a big stock move leaves me scratching my head. And that's exactly the case with Mentor's shares today. The stock is down big on heavy trading, but the results that the company reported looked pretty darn good.
For the quarter, revenue rose 8% year over year and, at $248 million, it was just short of the $255 million that analysts were expecting. However, the bottom line looked much better than expected. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per share increased 50% from last year, to $0.30. Wall Street was looking for just $0.25.
Now what: But it was more than just better-than-expected, past-quarter earnings. The company also raised its full-year earnings estimate by $0.05 to $1.37 -- easily above the average analyst estimate of $1.33. It also reaffirmed its previous guidance of $1.1 billion in full-year sales.
Investors' harsh reaction today could have something to do with the missed sales estimates -- there's only so far that cost cutting can get a company if its customers aren't buying. However, shareholders should be encouraged by the fact that full-year revenue estimates were kept steady. Though, even if we take the soft first-quarter sales into account, the harsh reaction today seems overdone.
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