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Why Caesarstone Ltd. Shares Plunged 15% Today

What happened 

Shares of counter manufacturer Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) fell buy as much as 15.3% in trading on Wednesday morning after the company reported second-quarter earnings. At 11:05 a.m. EDT shares were still down 14.6% for the day. 

So what

Revenue was up 4.6% year over year to $148.9 million in the quarter, and on a constant-currency basis, it grew 5%. But gross margin fell from 42.1% a year ago to 34.9% on higher costs and lower volume, resulting in a 44.7% decline in net income to $14.9 million, or $0.42 per share. 

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The revenue figure slightly beat analysts' consensus expectation of $148.5 million, but adjusted earnings of $0.49 per share fell below the $0.54 per share bar Wall Street had set, which is what's driving shares lower today. 

Now what

Pricing pressure is expected to continue for Caesarstone, which led  management to say the company's adjusted EBITDA would land on the low end of its guidance range of $119 million to $126 million for the year. But the fact that revenue guidance of $580 million to $596 million and adjusted EBITDA guidance were reiterated showed that the decline in earnings in the second quarter won't be a long-term trend. With revenue rising and management focused on cutting costs, this drop in shares could be a buying opportunity for long-term investors.  

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Travis Hoium has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Caesarstone. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.