Zebra (ZBRA) Beats Street 4Q Forecasts

Zebra Technologies Corp. (ZBRA) shares are up 54c, or 0.61%, to $89.44 in pre-market trading Tuesday after the company reported its fourth quarter earnings results.

The firm reported earnings of $1.15 per share on revenues of $790.6 million, up 177.9% from a year ago. Analysts were expecting EPS of $1.02 on revenues of $783.51 million.

For full-year 2014, the producer of printers for bar codes reported net income of $32.42 million, or $0.63 per diluted share. Net sales came in at $1.67 billion vs. $1.03 billion a year earlier.

“Robust sales across products, geographies, customers and industries highlighted the strong finish to a transformative year for Zebra,” said in a statement Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive officer. “We have entered 2015 with favorable business momentum, and the outlook for Zebra is very bright..”

For Q1/15, ZBRA provided EPS guidance of $0.95-$1.20 versus consensus of $1.22 per share. The company also issued revenue projection of $870-$890 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $882.19 million.

On valuation measures, Zebra Technologies Corp. shares, which currently have an average 3-month trading volume of 401K shares, trade at a trailing-12 P/E of 36.11, a forward P/E of 15.93 and a P/E to growth ratio of 1.85. The median Wall Street price target on the name is $94.00 with a high target of $98.00. Currently ticker has 2 ‘Buy’ endorsements, compared to 2 ’Holds’ and no ‘Sell’.

Profitability-wise, ZBRA has a t-12 profit and operating margin of 10.80% and 19.69%, respectively. The $4.53 billion market cap company reported $393.95 million in cash vs. $3.18 million in debt in its most recent quarter.

ZBRA currently prints a one year return of about 29% and a year-to-date return of around 15%.

Zebra Technologies Corp. manufactures and sells printers and related products worldwide. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

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