Cirrus Logic Inc ( CRUS Quick Quote CRUS - Free Report) reported first-quarter fiscal 2024 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 67 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 63.4%. However, the bottom line decreased 40.2% from the prior-year quarter’s $1.12 per share.
Total revenues of $317 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9.1% but decreased 19% year over year. The downtick was primarily due to a reduction in components shipping of smartphones and lower general market sales.
This Texas-based company rearranged its reportable segments and created a separate category, High-Performance Mixed-Signal and Audio, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Cirrus Logic is expanding into other applications such as laptops, gaming, tablets and AR/VR.
CRUS’ High-Performance Mixed-Signal segment includes a few of its non-audio products. The segment contributed 38.3% to total revenues in the fiscal first quarter and declined 13.7% year over year to $121.2 million.
The Audio segment’s sales decreased 15.8% to $195.8 million and contributed 61.7% to the total revenues.
Non-GAAP gross margin was 50.4%, which contracted 110 basis points (bps) year over year.
Cirrus Logic’s non-GAAP operating expenses decreased 4.8% year over year to $113.8 million.
Non-GAAP operating income of $45.8 million decreased 45% year over year. Moreover, the non-GAAP operating profit margin contracted 570 bps to 14.5% from the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The company exited the fiscal first quarter with cash and marketable securities of $388.1 million compared with $445.8 million as of Mar 25, 2023.
As of Jun 24, 2023, accounts receivable were $186 million compared with $150.5 million as of Mar 25, 2023.
In the fiscal first quarter, CRUS reported $39.8 million as net cash used from operations compared with $74.4 million as net cash generated from operations in the prior-year quarter. Free cash outflow was $52.1 million in the quarter under review.
The company repurchased 466,215 shares worth $38 million in the quarter under review. As of Jun 24, 2023, the company had $462.6 million worth of shares remaining under its existing share repurchase authorization.
For second-quarter fiscal 2024, the company projects revenues between $430 million and $490 million. Combined R&D and SG&A are projected to be $141 million and $147 million, respectively. The gross margin is expected to be in the range of 49-51%.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Cirrus Logic currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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