Premium consumer technology company, iRobot Corporation (IRBT - Free Report) reported better-than-expected results for second-quarter 2017.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock also raised its full-year 2017 guidance as it sees encouraging prospects for business in the U.S. as well as the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in the near term.
Earnings and Revenues
Quarterly adjusted earnings came in at 27 cents per share, handily beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents. The bottom line also came in higher than the year-ago quarter tally of 17 cents per share.
Quarterly revenues came in at $183.1 million, comfortably surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $176 million. In addition, the top line came 23.2% higher than the prior-year quarter figure.
Costs and Margins
Cost of sales in the reported quarter was $93.3 million, up 18% year over year. Gross profit margin in the reported quarter came in at 49.1%, expanding 230 basis points (bps) year over year.
Total operating expenses were $85.8 million, up 34.5% year over year.
Operating margin came in at 2.2% compared with 3.9% recorded in the year-ago period.
On Apr 4, 2016, iRobot successfully completed the divestiture of its Defense & Security business to solely focus on its Consumer business.
In second-quarter 2017, the company’s Consumer business generated revenues worth $183.1 million, up 23.7% year over year. This upswing was stemmed by robust sales of the company’s home robotic products across all (especially Roomba 652) major end markets.
Total units shipped in the quarter came in at 749,000, up from 674,000 shipped in second-quarter 2016.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
iRobot exited the quarter under review with cash and cash equivalents of $220.2 million, up from $214.5 million recorded in Dec 31, 2016. Long-term liabilities were $6.3 million, nearly flat with the figure recorded at the end of 2016.
At the end of the second quarter, iRobot generated net cash of $32.8 million from operating activities as against $35.6 million generated in the year-earlier period. Capital expenditure was $13.3 million on Jul 1, 2017, compared to $4.9 million recorded at the end of second-quarter 2016.
iRobot raised its revenue guidance for full-year 2017 from $780–$790 million to $815–$825 million (estimating a year-over-year increment of 24–26%). Furthermore, the company lifted its full-year earnings guidance from $1.45–$1.70 per share to the $1.80–$2.00 per share range. However, the company noted that the revised guidance does not include the impact of its planned Robopolis acquisition, which is likely to close by fourth-quarter 2017. Notably, iRobot mentioned that it plans to fund several new product innovation projects with the incremental profitability.
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