Quantum Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Quantum Corp. (NYS: QTM) dropped 18% in intraday trading today after reporting disappointing earnings.

So what: Non-GAAP EPS of $0.01 fell 75% year over year and missed the $0.03 consensus estimate. GAAP EPS of -$0.02 deteriorated from -$0.01 in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue of $102 million fell 6% year over year.

Now what: The CEO cited a tough comparable and weakness in disk system and software sales for the meager revenue, and noted he expects new products and a focus on sales and marketing to get the company "back on track." For the current quarter, management expects revenue of $160 million (down 5% year over year), a slight, sequential decline in non-GAAP gross margin, and a slight, sequential increase in GAAP operating expenses. Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to neutral from buy.

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