Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ: AMAT) is trading slightly up in extended hours after reporting its financial results for the first quarter that topped Street estimates.
Applied Materials stock up on solid guidance
More importantly, management expressed confidence today that the company will outperform this year even though the industry at large is still facing challenges. For Q2, Applied Materials now forecasts $1.66 to $2.02 of adjusted per-share earnings on $6.40 billion (mid of the range) revenue.
In comparison, analysts were at $1.76 a share and $6.29 billion, respectively. In the earnings press release, CEO Gary Dickerson said:
Our resilience is underpinned by our strong positions with leading customers at key technology inflections, large backlog of differentiated products and growing service business.
Notable figures in Applied Material’s Q1 report
Earned $1.72 billion versus the year-ago $1.79 billion
Per-share earnings nudged up slightly from $2.0 to $2.02
Adjusted for nonrecurring items, EPS printed at $2.03
Revenue jumped 7.0% year-over-year to $6.74 billion
Consensus was $1.93 per share on $6.69 billion revenue
Is now a suitable time to buy AMAT?
Despite the upbeat results and outlook, however, Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management does “not” recommend owning Applied Materials stock. On CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, he said:
It’s gotten too far ahead of itself. It’s possible for semiconductor demand to be strong but not have the need for capex. So, it’s possible for the semiconductor industry to be doing well but AMAT not necessarily.
For the year, the semiconductor stock is already up about 20%. Schlossberg likes the company for the long-term but recommends that investors wait for a pullback to around $100 a share before building a position.
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