Aeroflex Shares Got Crushed: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Aeroflex (NYS: ARX) got crushed today, down by as much as 14%, after the company reported second-quarter earnings this morning.

So what: Revenue shrank to $171.1 million, while gross margin also contracted to 50.1%. Earnings per share came in at $0.15, with both top and bottom lines registering better-than-expected results.

Now what: The pessimism sank in after the company disclosed forward-looking guidance that left a lot to be desired. Third-quarter profit is forecast between $0.14 and $0.17 on sales of $167 million to $177 million, with even the top end of those respective ranges falling short of consensus. Full-year profit similarly was uninspiring, with the $0.73 to $0.79 per-share range well below the $1.09 per share that the market was looking for.

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