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nLIGHT (NasdaqGS:LASR) Q3 Earnings: What Can You Expect?


nLIGHT, Inc. (NasdaqGS:LASR) is scheduled to report Q3 earnings results after markets close for trading on November 5, 2020.

The company is expected to report earnings of $0.01/share on revenue of $57.344 million. The consensus earnings per share (EPS) of $0.01/share is based on a poll of 9 analysts and represents a growth in eps of 0.0% over the same quarter last year, when the company reported earnings of $0.01/share.

The revenue forecast of $57.344 million based on a poll of 9 analysts implies a year-over-year (YoY) growth in revenue of 30.9%. Last year the company reported $43.814 million in revenue for the quarter.

Expected to report flat EPS for Q3, 2020
Metric Expected Prior Year YoY Change
Revenue $57.34 $43.81 30.9%
EPS $0.01 $0.01 0.0%

Earnings Call Trends

Historically, management has exceeded analyst expectations 4 out of the last 8 tracked quarters, and missed expectations 4 quarters.

What are your expectations from nLIGHT, Inc. for earnings this quarter? Let us know in the comments!

Analyst Expected vs. Reported EPS
Quarter Expected Reported Surprise Result
Q2, 2020 -$0.04 $0 100% Beat
Q1, 2020 -$0.16 -$0.08 49.0% Beat
Q4, 2019 -$0.05 -$0.06 -15.4% Missed
Q3, 2019 $0.02 $0.01 −40.0% Missed
Q2, 2019 $0.06 $0.05 −16.7% Missed
Q1, 2019 $0.04 $0.02 −47.1% Missed
Q4, 2018 $0.08 $0.10 25.0% Beat
Q3, 2018 $0.12 $0.15 29.6% Beat

In the following table, we summarize the company’s stock price movements after earnings releases. The “Price Day Prior” column shows the closing stock price on the day before the earnings report, and the “Price Next Day” column shows the stock price at the end of the trading day after the earnings report. After the last earnings report for the period ending June 30, 2020, the stock price reacted by increasing 7.1%.

Stock Price Performance After Earnings
Report Date Price Day Prior Price Next Day Change % Result
August 5, 2020 $23.57 $25.24 7.1% Increase
May 6, 2020 $16.76 $20.27 20.9% Increase
February 19, 2020 $18.55 $19.83 6.9% Increase
November 4, 2019 $14.10 $15.92 12.9% Increase

The other question to consider is one of earnings manipulation. There is a lot of pressure on management each quarter to deliver on earnings expectations. The Beneish M-Score is a statistical model that provides some insight into whether the company might be manipulating earnings. With a Beneish M-Score of −2.96, the model suggests that the company is not likely to be an earnings manipulator. A value of −2.96 implies a 0.2% chance of earnings manipulation.

Fundamentals And Technical Analysis

nLIGHT, Inc. is currently trading at $21.24/share, down −4.2% for the day. The company is trading at approximately 80.2% of its 52-week high of $26.48/share. The company’s stock price is down −15.8% since the last earnings report and down −8.3% over the previous week. The company’s 14 Day Relative Price Index (RSI) of 38.78 suggests the company is trading in technically neutral territory. The RSI is considered overbought when above 70 and oversold when below 30.

NasdaqGS:LASR Stock Price Chart
Source: Finbox

The current share price implies a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of −32.00 and a forward P/E multiple of −275.93.

nLIGHT, Inc.’s current share price also implies a price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 3.91. The following table summarizes some other key fundamental ratios:

Data as of November 1, 2020
Metric Value
Last Reported Fiscal Period Key FY2020.Q2
Period End Date June 30, 2020
Stock Price (Current) $21.24
P/E Ratio −32.0x
P/E Ratio (Fwd) −275.9x
PEG Ratio 0.1
Total Debt / Total Capital 3.0%
Levered Free Cash Flow -$20.618 million
EV / EBITDA −66.9x


nLIGHT, Inc. is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of $825.7 million and a total enterprise value of $731.2 million. The company operates in the Information Technology sector and the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry.

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense applications. The company operates in two segments, Laser Products and Advanced Development. It also produces optical fiber products. The company markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturers primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in Asia and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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