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Why Zebra Technologies Corp. Stock Was Slammed

By Daniel Sparks - May 10, 2016 at 2:18PM

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After a worse-than-expected quarter, management introduces a "tempered outlook."

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What: Shares of asset intelligence product and service provider Zebra Technologies (ZBRA -2.46%) fell as much as 16.8% on Tuesday after the company reported worse-than-expected first-quarter results.

So what: Zebra reported first-quarter revenue and non-GAAP EPS of $847 million and $1.01, respectively. Analysts, on average, were expecting quarterly revenue and non-GAAP EPS of about $879 million and $1.22, respectively.

The company's first-quarter financial results were also below management's own expectations for the quarter.

"Our first quarter results were below our expectations," said Zebra Technologies CEO Anders Gustafsson. The lower sales and earnings, he said, reflected "the continuation of a cautious enterprise spending environment against a tough comparison to double-digit growth last year."

Net sales and non-GAAP EPS were down 5.2% and 28.4% compared to the year-ago quarter.

To reflect weaker-than-expected demand, the company lowered its full-year guidance. Zebra now expects revenue between $3.56 billion and $3.7 billion -- below the $3.72 billion in 2016 revenue analysts were anticipating.

Now what: While the company acknowledged it is now adopting a "tempered outlook" in light of the current situation, management asserted it is "taking proactive steps to ensure we maximize sales opportunities and expand margins." Specifically, Zebra is maintaining its strategic priorities to drive profitable growth, execute on cost synergies, and de-leverage its balance sheet.

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