The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended July 1 (Q4), Linear Technology met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Linear Technology logged revenue of $330.0 million. The 22 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $330.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $358.6 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 $0.45. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.47 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q4 were 35% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.68 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 75.4%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 45.9%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 31.3%, 1,280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $334.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.39 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.97.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 721 members out of 754 rating the stock outperform, and 33 members rating it underperform. Among 257 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 251 give Linear Technology a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Linear Technology is outperform, with an average price target of $35.39.
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