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Fitbit (FIT) Surpasses Earnings and Revenue Estimates in Q3

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Fitbit, Inc. (FIT - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 4 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5 cents.

The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 12 million.

In the quarter, Fitbit sold 3.5 million devices, up 29.6% sequentially. New products launched over the past 12 months, namely Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Ace and Fitbit Aria 2, contributed 62% to the company’s revenues.

The average selling price (ASP) increased 3% from the prior-year quarter to $108 per device in the third quarter.

Management remains optimistic about smartwatch sales and expects to increase its market share in this space in the coming quarters.

Following stronger-than-expected results in the third quarter, Fitbit’s share price was up 9.51% in after-hour trading. It generated positive adjusted earnings for the first time since the third quarter of 2016, indicating a positive momentum for the company in the near future.

However, the stock has has lost 9.5% on a year-to-date basis against the industry’s rally of 19.2%.

 

 

Let’s check out the numbers in detail.

Revenues

Fitbit reported revenues of $394 million, up 0.3% year over year and 31.5% on a sequential basis. The top line was ahead of management’s guided range of $370-$390 and also surpassed the consensus mark of $381 million.

The strong sale of its smartwatch devices and trackers aided growth in the quarter.

Geographically, revenues from the United States accounted for 58% of third-quarter revenues, EMEA brought in 27%, Americas excluding the United States contributed 6% and the remaining 9% came from Asia Pacific.

On a sequential basis, all the regions depicted an increase, except APAC. However, on a year-over-year basis, revenues from the Asia Pacific and EMEA increased, while the same from all other regions decreased.

Margins and Net Income

Non-GAAP gross profit in the third quarter was $157.8 million. Gross margin was 40.1%, down 510 basis points year over year. Gross margins were negatively impacted by the change in mix toward smartwatches, partially offset by improved warranty costs.

Non-GAAP operating expenses were 149.5 million versus 180 million in the year-ago quarter.

Pro-forma net income was $10 million or earnings per share were 4 cents against net loss of $2.8 million or loss per share of 1 cent in the year-ago period.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

In the third quarter, cash and cash equivalents & Marketable securities were $623.3 million compared with $580.5 million in the second quarter.

Accounts receivables were $326 million compared with $242 million in the last reported quarter.

Cash flow from operations was $59 million and free cash flow totaled $47 million in the third quarter.

Guidance

For the fourth quarter of 2018, Fitbit expects revenues to exceed $560 million, roughly flat on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $566.3 million.

The company expects non-GAAP earnings per share to exceed 7 cents. The corresponding Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 5 cents per share.

For full-year 2018, Fitbit reiterated its revenue expectation of $1.5 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $1.49 billion.

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Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

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