Earnings Preview: Aruba Networks Reports Q4 Results Thursday

Aug.21.11 | About: Aruba Networks, (ARUN)

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 25.


ARUN trades an average of 4.5 million shares per day.

Aruba Networks, Inc. provides distributed enterprise networks that securely connect local and remote users to corporate information technology resources worldwide. The company was incorporated in 2002 and is based in Sunnyvale, California.

Recent Price: $16.34

52 Week High: $36.40

52 Week Low: $16.10

Book Value: $2.48

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.15 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.16. A beat of $0.01 per share, will top the estimated per share earnings.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -19.17 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -28.61%, with a one year change of 19.42%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -10.24% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -13.59% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 4.23% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $266.53 million for 2010 vs. $199.26 million for 2009. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $-34.00 million for 2010 vs. $-23.41 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are falling with an EBIT year-over-year of $-33.41 million for 2010 vs. $-23.76 million for 2009.

Gross revenue is growing at an annual rate of 33.76%.

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Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 98.29 M $ 105.75 M $ 7.46 M 7.59%
Jan-11 $ 87.92 M $ 93.86 M $ 5.94 M 6.76%
Oct-10 $ 80.98 M $ 83.15 M $ 2.17 M 2.68%
Jul-10 $ 73.68 M $ 77.33 M $ 3.65 M 4.95%
Apr-10 $ 65.52 M $ 68.96 M $ 3.44 M 5.25%
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M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.15 0.16 0.01 6.67%
Jan-11 0.13 0.14 0.01 7.69%
Oct-10 0.11 0.12 0.01 9.09%
Jul-10 0.09 0.10 0.01 11.11%
Apr-10 0.07 0.08 0.01 14.29%
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(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

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