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  • photonsculptor100 photonsculptor100 Jan 31, 2013 11:35 PM Flag

    It's Showtime for Allot Communications - The Motley Fool

    January 31, 2013 - Motley Fool - This is the kind of thing that confuses the heck out of me. In a world of information and mis-information, how do you reconcile the below with recent inferences that Allot Communications' results are going to be flat or begative? Not a rhetorical question ... I really have no idea how such conflicting messages can co-exist in the same universe.! ?????????????????????????

    Allot Communications is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 5. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

    The 10-second takeaway
    Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Allot Communications's revenues will increase 35.4% and EPS will increase 14.3%.

    The average estimate for revenue is $29.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.

    Revenue details
    Last quarter, Allot Communications booked revenue of $27.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $20.1 million.

    EPS details
    Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.15. GAAP EPS of $0.07 for Q3 were 13% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.08 per share.

    Recent performance
    For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 69.5%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

    Looking ahead

    The full year's average estimate for revenue is $108.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.61.

    Investor sentiment
    The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 120 members out of 130 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 23 give Allot Communications a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

    Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Allot Communications is outperform, with an average price target of $28.91.

    Software and computerized services are being consumed in radically different ways, on new and increasingly mobile devices. Many old leaders will be left behind. Whether or not Allot Communications makes the coming cut, you should check out the company that Motley Fool analysts expect to lead the pack in "The Next Trillion-dollar Revolution."

    Sentiment: Buy

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