Jabil Circuit Inc.
) is scheduled to release its fiscal fourth quarter 2012 results
after the closing bell on September 25, 2012. In the run up to the
earnings results, we did not notice any substantial movement in
analysts' estimates for the quarter.
Prior Quarter Highlights
Jabil reported a tepid third quarter, wherein both top line and
bottom line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate due to sluggish
end-market sales, particularly in the high-velocity segment. The
company also suffered from weakness in the solar industry.
Moreover, management had also provided a dismal outlook for the
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Jabil Misses in 3Q; Outlook Dismal
Estimates Revision Trend
Over the past 30 days, only one out of the six analysts covering
the stock made a downward revision, while no upward revision was
noticed. Thus, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter
dropped by a cent to 50 cents per share over the same period.
Analysts' estimates range from 44 cents to 53 cents.
Jabil has a paltry positive average earnings surprise of 0.29%,
as it has failed to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three out
of the four preceding quarters. Analysts covering the stock expect
a tepid quarter due to lower-than-expected iPhone sales and
Research In Motion Ltd.
) to negatively impact the company's top line.
Jabil is expected to benefit from strong growth in the Mobility,
Aerospace and Defense, Healthcare, Instrumentation and Industrial,
Clean Tech, Networking and Storage segments over the long term.
Moreover, expansion of global business and strategic acquisitions
are positives for the stock.
We believe that Jabil is well positioned to grow over the long
term, driven by increasing exposure to non-traditional and emerging
sectors such as industrial, renewable energy, clean tech and
medical, aided by improving technology spending. Moreover,
increasing production capacity in the low-cost regions of China
will boost profitability going forward.
However, the company faces strong competition from
Flextronics International Ltd
), which along with the high debt level and sluggish economic
conditions in Europe and the U.S. are the near-term headwinds going
Thus, we remain Neutral over the long term (6-12 months).
Currently, Jabil has a Zacks #2 Rank, which implies a Buy rating in
the near term.
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