The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Riverbed Technology met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Riverbed Technology recorded revenue of $218.6 million. The 32 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $216.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $189.8 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 $0.28. The 33 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.25 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.15 for Q3 were 25% higher 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 77.1%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.7%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.3%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $233.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.28.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $832.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.97.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 937 members out of 987 rating the stock outperform, and 50 members rating it underperform. Among 217 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 206 give Riverbed Technology a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Riverbed Technology is outperform, with an average price target of $21.48.
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