Friday, May 13, 2011

Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI): Q2 Earnings Preview 2011

Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI) is scheduled to release its fiscal first-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Analysts, on average, expect the company to report earnings of 68 cents per share on revenue of $746.15 million. In the year ago quarter, the company reported earnings of 55 cents per share on revenue of $668.24 million.

Analog Devices, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits used in industrial, communication, computer, and consumer applications.

In the preceding first-quarter, the Norwood, Massachusetts-based company's net income was $222.11 million, or 72 cents per share, compared to $120.46 million, or 40 cents per share, in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 66 cents per share in the first quarter. Revenue rose 21 percent to $728.50 million from $602.98 million last year. Analysts, on average, expected the company to report earnings of 65 cents per share on revenue of $728.16 million. 

At its last earnings call in February, the company said that it expects earnings from continuing operations in the range of 65 cents to 69 cents per share. Second-quarter revenue is expected in the range of $730 million to $760 million, up 9% to 14% on a year-to-year basis. The company expects gross margin to increase to approximately 66.5% of sales and operating expenses to grow in the range of 2% to 3% primarily as a result of the annual salary increase which took effect at the beginning of the second quarter.

The company's gross margins have expanded sequentially in each of the last six quarters. Gross margin improvements continue to come from higher volumes that enable better utilization rates, as well as a more favorable mix of business. 

The company is benefiting from increased industrial sales in Asia, including China. A global recovery after the sharp downturn last year also helped, as chip makers produced more chips to refill global inventories. 

Recently, the company won its U.S. International Trade Commission case against Dover Corp.’s Knowles Electronics over microphones in digital devices.

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