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Ambarella (AMBA) Q1 Earnings & Revenues Top Mark, Fall Y/Y

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Ambarella Inc.’s (AMBA - Free Report) first-quarter fiscal 2020 earnings and revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

However, on a year-over-year basis, both the top- and the bottom-line results suffered a decline.

The company’s non-GAAP earnings came in at a penny per share against the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 5 cents. However, it witnessed a substantial decrease from the year-ago quarter’s level of 13 cents due to lower revenues and elevated operating expenses.

Quarterly Details

The company’s revenues in the fiscal first quarter of $47.2 million surpassed the consensus mark of $47 million but declined 17% year over year.

During the quarter, automotive and other product revenues increased sequentially while revenues from security cameras decreased sequentially due to fall in professional security camera revenues.

Geopolitical factors induced order pull-ins from security camera customers in China, which negatively impacted the company’s revenues and gross margin.

In the fiscal first quarter, the company had two 10% plus revenue customers. WT Microelectronics, a fulfillment partner in Taiwan, represented 59% of revenues while Chikoni, a Taiwanese ODM (original design manufacturer), came in at 18%.

On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported gross margin of 59.6%, which was 100 basis points below the year-ago quarter’s figure.

On a sequential basis, non-GAAP operating expense inched up nearly 1.2% to $29.9 million due to higher payroll taxes and other payroll related expenses.

Ambarella, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Ambarella, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Balance Sheet

Ambarella ended the fiscal first quarter with cash and cash equivalents & marketable securities of $366.2 million, up from $358.9 million in the previous quarter.


For second-quarter fiscal 2020, revenues are expected between $51 million and $53 million. Non-GAAP gross margin is anticipated within 57-59%. Non-GAAP operating expenses are anticipated in the range of $29.5-$31.5 million.

The company envisions automotive and security revenues to increase sequentially while all other revenues might deteriorate. The company predicts consumer electronics revenues to be persistently soft over the next two to three years.

Management forecasts growth to return in the second half. However, global tariff issues, probable export restrictions and changes in the macroeconomic conditions, which include deleveraging in China, are some unrelenting concerns.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Ambarella currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are eGain Corporation (EGAN - Free Report) , Rosetta Stone (RST - Free Report) and j2 Global, Inc. (JCOM - Free Report) , each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rate for eGain, Rosetta Stone and j2 Global is currently projected at 30%, 12.5% and 8%, respectively.

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