KEMET (KEM - Free Report) is set to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 results on May 16.
Notably, the company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, delivering average positive surprise of 21.1%.
In the last reported quarter, revenues of $350 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $352 million but increased 14.2% year over year.
Top-line growth was driven by higher demand for Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) from automotive, telecom and industrial end markets, and favorable pricing.
These trends are expected to drive the top line in the soon-to-be-reported quarter. KEMET’s fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 results are expected to benefit from robust market demand for capacitors and its increased capacity to meet the demand.
The company is also expected to benefit from strong demand for large case MLCCs. Moreover, robust adoption of tantalum polymer products is a key catalyst.
Additionally, favorable product mix and a lean cost structure are expected to expand gross margin in the to-be-reported quarter.
However, weakness in Asia due to the softness in China and the negative impact of tariffs due to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China are concerns. Moreover, excessive inventory with distributors is expected to hurt the top line.
For fourth-quarter fiscal 2019, KEMET expects sales to increase 8-8.5% year over year but decline 2.5-3% sequentially.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter revenues is currently pegged at $340.4 million, which indicates growth of 7% from the figure reported in the year-ago quarter. Moreover, the consensus mark for earnings has been steady at 96 cents over the past 30 days.
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