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Can Nanometrics Beat These Numbers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Nanometrics is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 30. 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 Nanometrics's revenues will drop -52.3% and EPS will shrink to a loss.

The average estimate for revenue is $26.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.27.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Nanometrics booked revenue of $30.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $45.3 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.13. GAAP EPS were -$0.16 for Q4 against -$0.02 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 41.6%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -21.6%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -12.0%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $171.5 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.08.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nanometrics is outperform, with an average price target of $16.20.

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