Illumina Beats on EPS but GAAP Results Lag

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Illumina (NAS: ILMN) reported earnings on Feb. 7. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 1 (Q4), Illumina met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.

Gross margins grew, operating margins improved, net margins dropped.

Revenue details
Illumina notched revenue of $250.1 million. The 22 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $248.7 million. Sales were 4.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $261.3 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.35. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.30 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q4 were 65% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 69.4%, 490 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 25.7%, 310 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.7%, 1,000 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $260.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.47.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 685 members out of 731 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 249 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 242 give Illumina a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Illumina is outperform, with an average price target of $34.26.

At the time this article was published Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Illumina. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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