It’s nice to have the right estimate. It’s nicer to have it for the right reasons. Most military campaigns these days undergo an “after action analysis.” On Thursday March 2, Micron Technology’s (NASDAQ:MU) CFO went into battle at a Morgan Stanley conference. We need an after action analysis after yesterday’s pre-release, as this article’s title implies. What are the lessons learned? Where were we right? Where were we wrong? What new information can we employ next time around? Not only did the sell side analysts do an abysmally poor job with their consensus estimates of 66 cents, vs. the 86 cents now guided. But they haven’t told us where their analysis went off the rails or given us confidence they’re going to do a better job next time around.
For my part, I’m delighted to average my 77-cent base case estimate and my 95-cent high side estimate and announce that I was spot on. But it would be better to have the right estimate for the right reasons. Here’s a little synopsis:
Revenue GM% eps EP Base Case $4.746 Billion 35.8% 77 cents EP High Case $4.93 Billion 38.3% 95 cents 3/2 re-guide $4.65 Billion 37.5% 86 cents
As with most of the analysts cited below, my revenue forecast was off significantly. In my case it is almost certainly bits for both NAND and DRAM, but it is also almost certainly price. This will be a key detail to look at after the formal earnings call on March 23. If the ASP increase was significantly below the 15%/1% I used for DRAM/NAND, I will be looking to see if this will then bleed over to the next quarter, with a lagged positive ASP effect from this February quarter. What has the company done to so significantly increase their gross margins? Rather than some of the inane and unanswerable questions analysts ask on the earnings call, this is the sort of thing the analysts should be drilling in on. If Micron has been able to carve out a sustainable margin improvement, god forbid, this might entitle the company to a healthier price earnings ratio than our maximum 10x.
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- [By Lee Jackson]
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- [By David Goodboy]
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- [By Motif Investing]
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Peter Graham]
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Paul Ausick]
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