Qorvo (QRVO) to Report Q3 Earnings: A Beat in the Cards?

We expect Qorvo IncQRVO to beat expectations when it reports third-quarter fiscal 2017 results on Feb 1.

Why a Likely Positive Surprise?

Our proven model shows that Qorvo is likely to beat earnings because it has the right combination of two key ingredients.

Zacks ESP : Qorvo's Earnings ESP is +0.94%. This is because the company's Most Accurate estimate is $1.07, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged lower at $1.06. A favorable ESP serves as a meaningful and leading indicator of a likely positive surprise. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .

Zacks Rank : Qorvo currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Note that stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 has a significantly higher chance of beating earnings estimates. Conversely, Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) should never be considered going into an earnings announcement.

The combination of Qorvo's Zacks Rank #3 and +0.94% ESP makes us reasonably optimistic of an earnings beat. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Qorvo, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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What is Driving the Better-than-Expected Earnings?

Qorvo delivered mixed results in second-quarter fiscal 2017. While earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate, revenues beat the same. On a year-over-year basis, both top line and bottom line registered strong growth.

We note that the company has a mixed record of earnings surprises in recent times. Qorvo has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two out of four trailing quarters with an average positive surprise of 6.11%.

Qorvo expects non-GAAP revenues in third-quarter fiscal 2017 to be approximately $800-$840 million. At mid-point, the figure reflects a healthy 32.1% year-over-year growth. The company also anticipates gross margin to expand 100-200 basis points. Further, earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.15 to $1.35 per share. Management expects operating expenses to remain near 20% of sales in the third quarter.

Qorvo's ability to meet the growing requirements of customers through the introduction of innovative products is likely to augur well for the company's results in the to-be reported quarter. Higher research & development costs in order to continuously develop new products can impact profitability in the near term.

We note that Qorvo's shares (up 59.3%) have outperformed the Zacks Semiconductors- Radio Frequency industry (up 49.7%) in the last one year.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some companies you may consider as our proven model shows they too have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Applied Optoelectronics AAOI with an Earnings ESP of +15.87% and a Zacks Rank #1.

Oclaro OCLR with an Earnings ESP of +10.53% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Pure Storage PSTG with an Earnings ESP of +4.17% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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