Aixtron Ag Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Finally End?

Aixtron Ag (NASDAQ:AIXG) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 25th. Aixtron AG engineers and manufactures metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment for the semiconductor industry. The Company’s customers use its equipment to produce compound semiconductor layer structures for use in LED, laser, solar cell, transistor, telecommunications, and other applications. Aixtron markets its products worldwide.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Aixtron Ag Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.12 per share on revenues of $49.70 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a loss of $0.04 to a loss $0.07. For the current year, the average estimate is a loss of $0.91, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Aixtron Ag has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 404 422 1,041 851 293
Diluted EPS ($) 0.32 0.69 2.51 1.09 -1.88

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 55.94 77.80 101.38 53.13
Diluted EPS ($) -0.15 -0.96 -0.56 -0.99

Past Performance:
Aixtron Ag has missed analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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