by Bill WiltonFebruary 03, 2010 | Comments : 0 Recommended this article: (0)
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Atheros makes wireless and wired communication devices. The company's semiconductors are used in PCs, network equipment and consumer products.
Revenue Up 89%
On Jan 25 Atheros reported quarterly results that showed an 89% year over year increase in revenues, to $188 million. The company bolstered its balance sheet, increase cash and cash equivalents to more than $400 million, up from just $109 million last year.
Atheros did miss earnings expectations, posting a 32 cent per share profit which missed the consensus estimate by 8 cents. However, estimates are surging after the report.
Over the past 30 days we have received 18 estimate revisions for full-year 2010. All the revisions were raised, making the Zacks Consensus Estimate $1.53, up from $1.20.
Forecasts for 2011 are averaging $1.73, up from $1.29 over the past month. Compared to earnings in 2009 of 93 cents per share and you have growth rates of 64% and 13%, respectively.
On Dec 15 Atheros finished its acquisition of Intellon, which specialized in power line communications including broadband access, networked entertainment and other technologies. The deal was for a combination of stock and cash and stock.
Those growth rates mentioned earlier are coming at a solid value as the PEG ratio is about 0.85 times. Shares are trading at roughly 15 times 2011 earnings.
While shares of ATHR have surged over the past year, below you can see that the annual estimates have grown even faster. Recent pressure in the tech sector has weighed on Atheros, which could represent a great buying opportunity.
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