Semiconductor equipment supplier ASML (ASML) on Wednesday beat analyst estimates for the second quarter and with its guidance for the current period. But ASML stock fell on its cautious longer-term outlook.
The Dutch company earned the equivalent of $5.37 a share on sales of $7.52 billion in the June quarter. ASML reports financial results in euros.
Analysts polled by FactSet had expected ASML earnings of $5.10 a share on sales of $7.39 billion. In the year-earlier period, ASML earned $3.62 a share on sales of $5.55 billion, FactSet said.
For the current quarter, ASML forecast sales of $7.57 billion, based on the midpoint of its guidance. Analysts were looking for $7.14 billion in sales for the third quarter. In the same quarter last year, ASML posted sales of $5.66 billion.
Also, ASML predicted sales growth of 30% in 2023, vs. Wall Street’s goal of 27%.
ASML Stock Is On Six IBD Lists
In morning trades on the stock market today, ASML stock dropped 2.6% to 737.13.
The Netherlands-based company makes advanced lithography equipment for etching tiny circuits onto semiconductors.
“Our customers across different market segments are currently more cautious due to continued macroeconomic uncertainties, and therefore expect a later recovery of their markets,” Chief Executive Peter Wennink said in a news release. “Also, the shape of the recovery slope is still unclear.”
He added, “However, our strong backlog of around 38 billion euros ($42.6 billion) provides us with a good basis to navigate these short-term uncertainties.”
ASML Is A Recent Breakout
Wells Fargo analyst Joe Quatrochi said ASML’s second-quarter report was positive but its commentary warned of a softening of demand in 2024. Still, he reiterated his overweight, or buy, rating on ASML stock with a price target of 775.
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