NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Nimble Storage (NMBL) were falling 5.2% to $26 after-hours Thursday after the data storage device company guided below analysts' estimates for earnings in the first quarter.
Nimble Storage said it expects a loss of between 13 cents and 14 cents a share for the first quarter, below analysts' estimates of a loss of 12 cents a share. The company expects revenue of $68 million to $70 million for the first quarter, compared to analysts' estimates of $6.7 million.
The data storage device company reported a loss of 13 cents a share for the fourth quarter, beating analysts' estimates of a loss of 14 cents a share for the quarter. Revenue grew 63.6% year over year to $68.26 million, above analysts' estimates of $66.58 million.
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Product revenue grew 58% year over year to $59.6 million for the fourth quarter. Support/service revenue grew 111% from the year-ago quarter to $9.6 million.
CEO Suresh Vasudevan said, "As we look back on fiscal year 2015 and Q4 of 2015 in particular, we are convinced that we are now reaching an inflection point as enterprises of all sizes and service providers are concluding that the economic benefits of a modern architecture justify the risks of moving away from long-standing incumbent vendor relationships. We see this as the beginning of a secular share shift that presents a massive growth opportunity for us over the next several years."
TheStreet Ratings team rates NIMBLE STORAGE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate NIMBLE STORAGE INC (NMBL) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and deteriorating net income."
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