ADTRAN Inc. ADTN reported third-quarter 2017 results with its bottom line surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while the top line marginally lagging estimates.
The company’s earnings (excluding 4 cents from non-recurring items) came in at 37 cents per share, conveniently beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 27 cents. Earnings soared 42.3% year over year. Total revenue of $185.1 million climbed 9.6% year over year. The top line however, marginally missed the consensus mark of $185.4 million. Product sales increased 6.7% while Service sales rallied 21.5% on a year-over-year basis.
Quarterly gross margin came in at 46.7% compared with 44.9% in the prior-year quarter. Operating income in the reported quarter totaled $18.32 million compared with $10.13 million in the year-ago quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, ADTRAN generated $22.03 million of cash from operations compared with $27.83 million a year ago. ADTRAN exited third-quarter 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $128.25 million compared with $66.29 million in the year-ago period.
The company declared a cash dividend of 9 cents per share in the third quarter, to be paid on Nov 15 to shareholders of record as of Nov 1.
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