Disappointing Growth, Guidance Tanks Ubiquiti Networks Inc. Stock

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Shares of Ubiquiti Networks stock fell 4.9% on Thursday as of 5:21 p.m. ET as investors took a dim view of the company's fiscal third-quarter results. Here's a closer look at the final Q3 totals versus Wall Street's projections:

UBNT Revenue YOY Growth EPS YOY Growth
Consensus estimate $147.49 million (0.57%) $0.47 (6%)
Q3 actuals $147.46 million (0.59%) $0.47 (6%)
DIFFERENCE ($0.03 million) (0.02%) $0.00 0%

Sources: S&P Capital IQand Ubiquiti Networks press release.

Commenting on the results, CEO and founder Robert Pera said in a press release: "We are focused on advancing our R&D and expanding our market opportunities in the coming quarters."

What went right:Enterprise technology sales, a catalyst last quarter, came in strong again. Segment sales rose 50.9% as companies snapped up UniFi access points and related products for enhanced wireless service. Pera and his team also controlled direct expenses and administrative expenses -- both were essentially flat year over year -- to invest heavily in R&D to chase the opportunities Pera alludes to in his quote.

What went wrong:Service provider revenue continued its descent, falling 12.1% year over year. That wouldn't have been so bad if Enterprise Technology had grown more. Instead, Enterprise sales accounted for just 27.9% of revenue versus 34.9% last quarter, resulting in a slight year-over-year decline in gross sales.

What's next:Looking ahead, Ubiquiti Networks expects $140 million to $150 million in fiscal fourth-quarter revenue, resulting in $0.43 to $0.48 a share in profits after accounting for non-cash charges and one-time items. Analysts tracked by S&P Capital IQ have the company generating $155.47 million in revenue and $0.49 a share in adjusted profit versus $156.01 million and $0.56 a share in last year's Q4.

The disparity between Ubiquiti's revenue projection and Wall Street's hopes appears to have contributed to the after-hours sell-off. Longer term, analysts have Ubiquiti Networks growing earnings by an average of 8.81%annuallyduring the next three-to-five years.

In the meantime, investors should also review Ubiquiti's 10-Q quarterly filing with the SEC. There you'll find cash flow detail that's left out of the press release plus additional management commentary on the financial results -- though Ubiquiti did say that it produced $36.7 million in cash from operations during the quarter.

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