I didn't blame investors for their cynicism after the June quarter. But there was, nonetheless, an exaggeration with June's results. While it's true the company's revenue miss was a letdown, it's also true that, by virtue of Jabil's 5.1% year-over-year revenue increase, Jabil's results were nonetheless within management's prior stated range of $4.3 billion to 4.5 billion. Not to mention, on a sequential basis, revenue inched up 1.1%.
Too much was also being made on the less-than-stellar results of the DMS business, which declined 4% year over year. But, as noted, this is a part of the transition management has been working to build. To that end, some struggles are expected. But the company more than made up for this deficit in areas like High Velocity, which jumped 23% year over year and beat prior expectation by 10%.
Along the same lines, Enterprise & Infrastructure revenue, which accounts for 31% of total revenue, advanced 4% year over year. What's more, the company managed to grow gross margin by 10 basis points sequentially, while reducing operating expenses by 20 basis points year-over-year and 10 basis points sequentially.
To that end, despite the revenue miss and the uninspiring guidance, there was evidence of a well-managed business -- one that I believe was grossly undervalued.
On Wednesday, following the company's fiscal fourth-quarter and year-end results, Jabil will reveal if my confidence is justified. The Street will be looking for 54 cents in earnings per share, or revenue of $4.53 billion, which represents 4.5% year-over-year revenue growth.
To the extent that Jabil can beat the Street's revenue estimates and show better improvement in the DMS segment, management will solidify the company's course. So although I don't want to overstate the importance of one reporting period, this is the first time in almost a year that this stock has shown this level of confidence. With strong growth momentum, I don't see anything preventing the stock from reaching $27.
At the time of publication, the author held shares of Apple
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