Ixia Beats on Revenue, Matches Expectations on EPS

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Ixia (NAS: XXIA) reported earnings on April 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Ixia beat expectations on revenue and met expectations on earnings per share.

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


Gross margin expanded, operating margin shrank, and net margin contracted.

Revenue details
Ixia logged revenue of $85.6 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $83.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $78.5 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.15. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.15 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.06 for Q1 were 40% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 80.3%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.0%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.1%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $86.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $352.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.68.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 55 members out of 65 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 20 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 19 give Ixia a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ixia is outperform, with an average price target of $14.58.

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