Why Ambarella Stock Jumped 23% in March

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What : Shares of chipmaker Ambarella rose 22.8% in March, according to S&P Capital IQ data, as the company powered past analyst expectations when reporting its fourth-quarter earnings early in the month. It also added to gains on the back of analyst upgrades in the latter part of the month.

So what : For investors, March started off with a bang when Ambarella reported its fourth-quarter results on March 4. From a revenue perspective, the company grew 62% on a year-over-year basis by reporting $64.7 million -- topping analyst estimates of $59.4 million by nearly 9%. In addition, the company reported earnings per share during the fourth quarter of $0.68, topping analyst estimates of $0.49 by nearly 40%. The stock jumped nearly 7% that day as investors digested the good news.

The stock continued to rise as analysts centered on a growing market for Ambarella -- drones. Chardan Capital boosted its price target from $60 per share to $70 per share, saying that the company's camera chips could get a boost in the growing drone market. That sentiment was echoed by a Canaccord Genuity analyst at the end of the month after meeting with CEO Fermi Wang. Ambarella shares closed March trading at $75.71.

Now what: For Ambarella, the growth story continues, and it is good to see the company trying to find more uses for its camera chip business. As a leading supplier to action-camera maker GoPro , the company benefited by strong demand for GoPro's HERO line of cameras during the holiday season. Chief Financial Officer George Laplante noted that camera market revenue was 95% of Ambarella's fourth-quarter revenue compared with 90% in the previous year's corresponding quarter.

By working to put its cameras in drones, a new and growing product, the company is looking to diversify and protect itself from a slowdown in the wearable-action-capture market if one should occur, but the company doesn't think that's happening anytime soon. According to CFO Laplante, the company expects next quarter's revenue to be 56%-66% higher than last year's corresponding revenue figure. Right now, Ambarella appears to be a high-growth play in its core markets, and a play on future technology.

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