I agree: (1) Defense (2) Healthcare (3) Consumer (4)Space. The "3rd Industrial Revolution" is just starting, and intelligent robots are the future.
A visionary of roomba? What else did he do? Even this roomba is unlikely to survive. In Asia, people have many other brands to choose from..... Colin should go and we need a true visionary!
nonsense. Got Junk?
Sentiment: Strong Sell
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Yes. Can see transcript on website. Here is extra color: Angle was cagey about new product that will have VSLAM in 2015. There will definitely be one. When pushed, he would not commit to whether it will be Roomba or a new product category...just mentioned "home". I suspect it will be Roomba and he did not want to expressly say that as it will hurt sales of existing models. New RP-VITA and AVA product categories are not going to ramp up until scalability (i.e., standardization and expediency and low cost of implementation are achieved)...plan to do so this year. Angle says they have the right platform today to succeed when pushed on it. Japan is weak and causing Q1 2015 numbers to suck. China will pick up most of the slack and advertising is more slanted to Roomba vs. "wet" than initially planned as they believe Roomba has more runway that initially thought. More focus on international on defense and growth looks relatively good there. That was it. So, good Q, average guidance and a TBD on new entry. With $220 sitting in cash and mid-teen growth rates and new product entry, the PE is low in my opinion. I suspect it will hold around 30 until Q1 results....may go as low as 25 and then bounce. Until there is significant growth somewhere else...new product or AVA/RP VITA take off, this thing will hover for a while...while generating cash and profits...so it is still a keeper.
or takeUNDER target... flat revs, no real guidance. Wall Street hates this company, if IRBT focused more on defense initiatives etc instead of cleaning a lazy woman's house, this would be a lot higher. And to think I almost bought some of this at $36 recently... long way to go here, fire the CEO and get some new blood with VISION... GLTA, I have no position here.
forecast for the year above consensus, but forecast for Q1 beow. What matters most ?
Sentiment: Strong Buy
iRobot CFO Alison Dean also recently gave new perspective on how the company is investing for the future, detailing tens of millions of dollars spent each year on not just improving its existing moneymakers, but also advancing key technologies such as low-cost manipulation, video navigation, and even leveraging the cloud for resource intensive tasks such as object detection, large map storage, and communication between devices.
Naturally, I'll be listening closely to iRobot's Thursday morning conference call to see whether management is willing to elaborate on Angle's comment. But as it stands, I'm simply not convinced that iRobot's report today is as bad as the market seems to indicate.
Even so, the midpoint of both ranges sits below analysts' expectations for 2015 revenue and earnings of $643.1 million and $1.44 per share, respectively.
Unfortunately -- and despite the return to growth in Defense & Security -- iRobot expects Home Robot revenue to still represent 90% of 2015 revenue as growth decelerates to a range of 11% to 13%. Angle explained though it expects Home Robot sales in the U.S. to enjoy continued momentum with growth in the mid-teens, international sales "will be tempered by macros and currency devaluations."
Next, iRobot's Remote Presence business will focus primarily on improving the scalability of its solutions, while holding revenue relatively flat on a year-over-year basis at just $3 million.
Teasing new products We should also keep in mind that iRobot has demonstrated a knack for favoring caution, typically underpromising and overdelivering on its full-year guidance. There's no guarantee it's doing the same this time around. But as I noted on Tuesday, you might recall that iRobot stock initially plunged in after-hours trading after last year's fourth-quarter report, when the company provided weaker-than-expected 2014 guidance, only to pop more than 12% the following day, after management offered its encouraging perspective for the future during that morning's conference call.
Incidentally, Angle offered one such tantalizing hint at what's to come in iRobot's press release today, saying, "2015 will be an important year for iRobot as we begin to roll out and monetize investments we have been making in crucial robotic technology."
From Motley Fool:
iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT ) just released reasonably solid fourth-quarter results. But if iRobot stock's 8% after-hours drop is any indication, the market isn't happy. So what happened?
On one hand, quarterly revenue climbed 20.7% year over year to $159.3 million. That's within iRobot's guidance range, but below Wall Street's optimistic expectations for sales of $164 million. Net income, on the other hand, nearly tripled to $0.31 per share, which is both at the high end of iRobot's expected range and above analysts' expectations for earnings of $0.30 per share.
"All three of our businesses met our expectations and made significant progress against their strategic plans," said iRobot CEO Colin Angle, "setting us up well for 2015."
iRobot enjoyed solid 19% year-over-year growth in overall Home iRobot sales, including an increase of over 20% domestically and 17% overseas. Meanwhile, though iRobot's press release didn't contain specifics, it did say the Remote Presence business "continued to ramp sales" of RP-VITA telemedicine robots for use in hospitals, and it sold Ava 500 Video Collaboration robots to "several" Fortune 500 companies.
Finally, iRobot says its Defense & Security business "delivered results consistent with expectations, exited 2014 with a solid backlog, and is positioned for healthy growth in 2015." For perspective, this means iRobot's D&S business is poised for its first year-over-year sales increase since 2011.
On guidance Speaking of which, for the current quarter iRobot expects revenue of $114 million to $117 million, and earnings per share of $0.08 to $0.10. Both ranges are well below analysts' expectations for sales and earnings of $133.8 million and $0.27 per share, respectively.
To its credit, iRobot's full-year outlook at least partially narrows that gap; iRobot expects 2015 revenue of $625 to $635 million, representing 12% to 14% growth over 2014, and earnings per share between $1.25 and $1.45. Even so, the midpo
On Feb. 5, 2014, IRBT dropped 4.8% in after-hours action after beating on Q4 EPS, meeting on revenue, and setting mixed guidance. The stock reversed sharply the following day, ending the Feb. 6 regular session up 12.3%.
He has made his fortune while the stock went nowhere for a decade. Now he has left the company in a position where their only revenue generating product is about to become roadkill courtesy of dyson and other new competitors. We need a visionary.