The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Netgear met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Netgear logged revenue of $310.4 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $307.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
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 $0.55. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.55 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.41 for Q4 were 32% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.60 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 29.4%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.5%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $304.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.60.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.65.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,265 members out of 2,339 rating the stock outperform, and 74 members rating it underperform. Among 700 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 691 give Netgear a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Netgear is hold, with an average price target of $38.38.
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