Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI - Free Report) is set to report third-quarter 2013 results on Aug 20. Last quarter, it posted a -3.85% surprise. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Factors this Past Quarter
Analog’s second-quarter earnings were below the Zacks Consensus Estimate due to higher-than-expected operating expenses. However, revenues were up sequentially driven by the strength in industrial and automotive segments. Analog reported operating margin of 29.0%, which was down 250 basis points (bps) from the year-ago quarter.
Analog provided a tepid outlook for the third quarter, with revenues expected in the range of $655 million to $685 million, lower than analysts’ expectations of $688 million. The company estimates gross margin to be 64.5%, operating expenses of around $226 million, a tax rate of 16.5% and earnings per share of 51 cents–56 cents.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the third quarter stands at 54 cents while that for fiscal 2013 stands at $2.10.
Analog Devices has beaten estimates once in the last four quarters, missed once, while reporting in-line results in the other two. There were no estimate revisions for both the third quarter and fiscal 2013 over the past 30 days. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for both periods have remained unchanged. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
We caution against stocks with Zacks Rank #4 and 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions momentum.
Other Stocks to Consider
Other stocks that have both a positive earnings ESP (Read: Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method) and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 are:
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company , Earnings ESP of +2.50% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Strong Buy)
Hewlett Packard (HPQ - Free Report) , Earnings ESP of +2.30% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)
Computer Sciences Corp. , Earnings ESP of +1.18% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy)