Why Is Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) Stock Down 32% Today?


  • Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) stock is falling hard alongside its Q4 2023 earnings report.
  • The company’s revenue failed to reach Wall Street’s estimates.
  • It’s outlook for Q1 2024 is also weak.
AAOI Stock - Why Is Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI) Stock Down 32% Today?

Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) stock is taking a beating on Friday after the data networking company released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2023.

The company’s earnings report starts off solid, with its adjusted earnings per share of 4 cents. That’s better than the flat earnings per share that Wall Street was expecting. It’s also a major improvement over the -19 cents per share reported in the same period of the year prior.

Unfortunately, the report then turned sour, with Applied Optoelectronics’ revenue of $60.45 million. That’s below analysts’ revenue estimate of $65.2 million for the quarter. It’s also down from the $61.6 million in revenue reported in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

Q1 Outlook Hits AAOI Stock

Not helping AAOI shares today is the company’s adjusted EPS guidance of -28 cents to -33 cents for Q1 2024. That would have it missing Wall Street’s estimate of -1 cents per share.

Alongside that is a revenue outlook of $41 million to $46 million for the first quarter of 2024. Yet again, that would come in below analysts’ revenue estimate of $66.18 million.

AAOI stock is down 32.2% as of Friday morning, with more than 1 million shares traded. Its daily average trading volume is about 3.4 million shares.

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