On Feb. 2, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) released Q4 and fiscal 2005 earnings for the period ended Dec. 31, 2005.

  • Sales of $227.3 million easily outpaced Street estimates. Earnings, too, were higher than analysts expected, but EPS of $2.51 benefited from a $24 million tax benefit in Q4.
  • Management said it expects 25% to 35% growth during 2006. Is that too conservative? Check out the debate on our discussion boards.

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