MKS Instruments Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, July 24th. MKS Instruments, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies instruments and components used to control and analyze gases in semiconductor manufacturing and similar industrial manufacturing processes. The Company’s products are used to manufacture flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage devices and media, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and diamond thin films.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Mks Instruments Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.13 per share on revenues of $155.51 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 49.02.

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 $0.31 to a profit $0.27. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.87, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Mks Instruments has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 647 411 853 823 644
Diluted EPS ($) 0.59 -4.31 2.80 2.45 0.90

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 ($) in millions 177.40 141.45 133.80 141.65
Diluted EPS ($) 0.35 0.05 0.08 0.11

Past Performance:
Mks Instruments has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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