Kla-tencor: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

Kla-tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, July 25th. KLA-Tencor Corporation manufactures yield management and process monitoring systems for the semiconductor industry. The Company’s systems are used to analyze product and process quality at critical steps in the manufacture of circuits and provide feedback so that fabrication problems can be identified. KLA-Tencor operates sales, service, and application centers worldwide.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Kla-tencor Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.78 per share on revenues of $705.21 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 15.58.

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 profit of $1.06 to a profit $0.87. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.26, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Kla-tencor has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,520 1,821 3,175 3,172
Diluted EPS ($) -3.07 1.23 4.66 4.44

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 ($) in millions 892.47 720.71 673.01 729.03
Diluted EPS ($) 1.46 0.80 0.63 0.98

Past Performance:
Kla-tencor has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)