Camtek Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

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Camtek (NASDAQ:CAMT) will report earnings before markets open on Monday, May 20th. Camtek Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets technologically advanced and cost-effective automated optical inspection systems and related products. The Company’s products are used to detect defects in printed circuit boards during the manufacturing process.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Camtek Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.03 per share on revenues of $17.00 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.02 to a profit $0.01. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.15, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Camtek has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 75.46 53.52 87.78 107.03 84.55
Diluted EPS ($) -0.32 -0.40 0.09 0.18 0.00

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 21.10 18.18 25.03 23.72 17.62
Diluted EPS ($) -0.0637 -0.05 0.08 0.08 -0.1097

Past Performance:
Camtek has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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