Zebra Technologies Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Buying Shares Now

Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 1%.

Zebra Technologies Corp. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $0.68 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.63 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 2.38% to $253.2 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Zebra Technologies Corp. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.68 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.67. It beat the average revenue estimate of $250.28 million.

Quoting Management: “Results for the quarter and full year reflect the meaningful progress made on meeting more of our customers’ extended supply chain visibility needs,” stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive officer. “We introduced a record 14 new printer products in 2012. This high development cadence led to a stronger complement of innovative products and solutions. More effective sales and marketing programs enabled a deeper level of engagement with customers in manufacturing, healthcare and retail. We enter 2013 mindful of the challenges in the current business environment, yet optimistic about Zebra’s opportunities for accelerating growth and improving profitability.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 0.46% from $252.04 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 1.45% from $0.69 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: 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 $0.63 to a profit $0.62. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $2.48 to a profit of $2.52 over the last ninety days.

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