Analogic Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of medical imaging and security system maker Analogic (NAS: ALOG) are shooting 12% higher today after the company reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter results.

So what: For the quarter, Analogic reported an 8% rise in sales to $126.4 million and a non-GAAP profit of $0.84. Sales came in just shy of the $127 million analysts had been looking for, but the company's bottom-line profit beat Wall Street's estimate of $0.59 by a mile! Non-GAAP operating margins were in double digits across all sectors, and the company benefited from a $10 million tax refund and a $2.5 million gain from the sale of an equity interest. Although no specific guidance was given, management did bump up its previous sales growth estimates to high single-digit growth year over year for fiscal 2012.

Now what: This was a fantastic quarter all around for Analogic. Understand that beats as large as the one we saw this quarter are probably not going to happen often because of the one-time boosts to its bottom line. But double-digit operating margins across all business segments sound fantastic to me -- especially with management talking up the stability in its defense segment, which has been its weak segment so far this year with sales down 5% YTD. Overall, this could be the start of a nice run for Analogic if it can keep its margins up. At 20 times forward earnings, the stock isn't a bargain, but no one ever said you get growth for free in the stock market.

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