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Cirrus Logic (CRUS) Lags Q4 Earnings & Revenue Estimates

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Cirrus Logic CRUS reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 results, wherein quarterly non-GAAP earnings per share of 66 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.4%. Moreover, the bottom line fell 2.9% on a year-over-year basis.

Cirrus Logic, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Cirrus Logic, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Cirrus Logic, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Cirrus Logic, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Cirrus Logic, Inc. Quote

Revenues

Total revenues of $293.5 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $301 million. However, it increased 5% year over year. The top line was affected by supply constraints, due to which it couldn’t optimally meet the high demand for semiconductors during the last quarter of fiscal 2021. However, increase in penetration of its audio solutions in smartphones was a positive. Additionally, strong momentum in audio and haptic solutions beyond smartphones was a tailwind for the top line.

Cirrus Logic rearranged its reportable segments and created a separate category during the fiscal fourth quarter, namely high-performance mixed-signal, which grew 55% year on year to $57.7 million driven by the introduction of the company’s first camera controller. This segment includes a few of Cirrus’ non-audio products and accounted for 19.7% of total revenues for fiscal 2021.

Audio revenues (80.3% of total revenues) came in at $235.8 million, down 1% year over year.

Profits & Margins

Non-GAAP gross profit of $148.4 million increased 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Non-GAAP gross margin, however, contracted 190 basis points (bps) to 50.5%.

Cirrus Logic’s non-GAAP operating expenses jumped 7.4% year over year to $106 million.

Non-GAAP operating income of $42.4 million decreased 10.9% year over year. Non-GAAP operating margin of 14.4% contracted 270 bps.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

The company exited the fiscal fourth quarter with cash and marketable securities of $497.9 million compared with $370.6 million at prior quarter-end.

Accounts receivables were $108.7 million compared with $244.8 million recorded in third-quarter fiscal 2021. Notably, it did not report any long-term debt as of Mar 27, 2021.

Full-Year Highlights

For the full year, Cirrus Logic reported revenues of $1.37 billion, which increased 7% year over year. Non-GAAP earnings of $4.58 per share rose 14.8% year over year.

Outlook

For first-quarter fiscal 2022, the company projects revenues between $240 million and $280 million. At the mid-point, the guidance suggests growth of 7% year over year. The mid-point of the revenue guidance lies below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $286 million.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Cirrus Logic currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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