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QuickLogic (QUIK) Q1 Earnings: What's in the Cards?

Semiconductor solutions provider QuickLogic Corporation QUIK is set to report first-quarter 2016 earnings results after the closing bell on May 4. In the last reported quarter, earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

QuickLogic has a relatively modest earnings track record over the trailing four quarters, beating estimates on only one occasion and meeting the same in the rest. The average earnings surprise over the last four quarters is 6.25%. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Key Factors to Consider

QuickLogic aims to continuously expand its extensive SenseMe portfolio of industry-leading sensor algorithms with the addition of new user contexts and gestures. The sensor processing solutions ensure a consistent experience for device OEMs. They also facilitate the huge group of Android developers to create distinctive, product-differentiating applications. By the end of 2016, the company expects sensor processing solutions to likely drive the vast majority of its total revenue.

During the soon-to-be-reported quarter, the company’s ArcticLink 3 S2 Sensor Hub and associated SenseMe Algorithms found increased traction with wearable devices. Leveraging low power consumption, advanced activity tracking and gesture algorithm support, the ArcticLink 3 S2 sensor processing platform shortens product development cycles and optimizes the end user experience.

Moreover, QuickLogic continues to expand its algorithm library, ensuring that its customers have access to a broad and growing set of sensor-based features and capabilities. These initiatives are expected to boost the company’s operational performance in the near term.

However, the company expects an increase in operating expenditure primarily driven by engineering expenses associated with the release and ongoing development of certain hardware and software solutions.  Also, the company is aggressively seeking patents to protect its new innovations and has several key patent applications that are still pending.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that QuickLogic will beat earnings estimate in this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), #2 (Buy) or #3 (Hold) for this to happen. This is not the case here as you will see below:

Zacks ESP: Earnings ESP, which represents the difference between the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is pegged at 0.00%.

Zacks Rank: QuickLogic’s Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), when combined with a 0.00% ESP, makes surprise prediction difficult. We caution against stocks with Zacks Ranks #4 and #5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Stocks to Consider

Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Pattern Energy Group Inc. PEGI, earnings ESP of +466.67% and a Zacks Rank #3.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. HE, earnings ESP of +2.70% and a Zacks Rank #3.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. ED, earnings ESP of +0.82% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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