Premium consumer technology company iRobot Corporation (IRBT - Free Report) reported strong fourth-quarter 2017 results.
Adjusted earnings during the quarter came in at 54 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 26 cents. The bottom line also surpassed the year-ago tally of 49 cents per share.
Adjusted earnings for 2017 came in at $1.77 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.87. However, the figure came in higher than the year-ago tally of $1.51 per share.
Quarterly revenues came in at $326.9 million, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $317 million. The top line also came in 53.8% higher than the year-earlier tally. The upside stemmed from robust sales secured from the United States and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The company generated $883.9 million revenues in 2017, higher than $660.6 million recorded in the year-ago period. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $874.3 million.
Cost of sales in the reported quarter came in at $173.4 million, up 63.8% year over year. Gross profit margin in the quarter came in at 47%, contracting 320 basis points (bps) year over year.
Total operating expenses were $130.5 million, up 48.4% year over year. Operating margin came in at 7.1%, decreasing 170 basis points year over year.
Gross profit margin for 2017 was 49%, up 70 basis points year over year. Operating margin for 2017 was 8.2%, descending 50 bps year over year.
Balance Sheet/Cash Flow
Exiting the fourth quarter, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company had cash and cash equivalents of $128.6 million, up from $214.5 million recorded on Dec 31, 2016. Long-term liabilities were $23.5 million, significantly up from $6.3 million recorded at the end of 2016.
At the end of 2017, iRobot generated net cash of $76.3 million from operating activities as against $116.4 million generated in the year-earlier period. Capital expenditure was $23.4 million on Dec 30, 2017, compared to $10.8 million recorded at the end of fourth-quarter 2016.
iRobot believes improving global economic conditions and upbeat consumer sentiments will drive demand for its premium home-robotic products in the quarters ahead. In addition, the company’s marketing programs and the Robopolis buyout (October 2017) will assist in boosting its top- and bottom-line growth trajectory.
Based on the existing market conditions, iRobot anticipates to generate revenues in the range of $1.05-$1.08 billion and earnings in the band of $2.10-$2.35 per share in 2018.
By 2020, iRobot intends to secure revenue growth of roughly 20%, gross margin growth of 50-51% and operating margin growth of nearly 10%.
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