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Will Demand Volatility Affect Arista's (ANET) Q4 Earnings?

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Arista Networks, Inc. (ANET - Free Report) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2019 results after the closing bell on Feb 13. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 10.3%, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 25 cents. In the fourth quarter, the company is likely to have generated lower consolidated revenues on a year-over-year basis, due to volatility in demand from a leading cloud titan.

Factors at Play

During the quarter, Arista installed network platforms for SK Telecom’s 5G network. The company is providing South Korea’s largest wireless carrier with universal spine and leaf network switches, combining routing and switching to reduce complexity and significantly improve scale without compromising performance at speeds of 100 plus Tbps. This is likely to have boosted revenues in the quarter.

Arista also launched CloudEOS – a multi-cloud and cloud-native networking solution – enabling a highly secure and reliable networking experience with consistent segmentation, telemetry, provisioning and troubleshooting for the entire enterprise. This is likely to have generated additional revenues for the company in the fourth quarter.

However, Arista is likely to have witnessed significant volatility in demand from its cloud business, largely driven by a sudden shift in procurement strategy from a key cloud titan. The original order projections might have been markedly lower due to a material reduction in demand. This is expected to have affected its top line in the quarter.

For fourth-quarter 2019, the company projects revenues of $540-$560 million, which is about 8% lower than its prior-year quarter figure. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $551 million, indicating a 7.6% decline from the year-ago reported number. The consensus estimate for earnings is currently pegged at $2.09 per share. It reported $2.25 in the year-earlier quarter.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not predict an earnings beat for Arista in the fourth quarter. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. This is not the case here.

Earnings ESP: Earnings ESP, which represents the difference between the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Arista Networks, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


Arista Networks, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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Zacks Rank: Arista has a Zacks Rank #3.

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Here are some companies that you may want to consider, as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Sunoco LP SUN is set to release quarterly numbers on Feb 19. It has an Earnings ESP of +3.35% and a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Earnings ESP for Kite Realty Group Trust KRG is +0.74% and it carries a Zacks Rank of 3. The company is slated to report quarterly numbers on Feb 18.

The Earnings ESP for Scorpio Tankers Inc. STNG is +2.94% and it carries a Zacks Rank of 2. The company is scheduled to report quarterly numbers on Feb 19.

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