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Jabil shares drop 8% on guidance cut, seen as a 'surprise move'

Published 11/28/2023, 05:35 PM
Updated 11/29/2023, 08:34 AM
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(Updated - November 29, 2023 8:31 AM EST)

Jabil (JBL) shares plunged more than 8% in early Wednesday trade after the company updated its guidance.

The company noted a softening demand observed during the latter part of Q1, which is attributed to short-term inventory adjustments in certain markets.

The company now projects Q1 revenue to fall between $8.3 billion and $8.4 billion, which is slightly below the low end of its previously announced range, and worse than the consensus estimate of $8.74B. The core EPS for Q1 is expected to align closely with the midpoint of the forecast provided in September.

Jabil also expects the trend of inventory rebalancing to extend into Q2, leading to an anticipated revenue range of $7.0-$7.6B during this period, which is below the consensus of $8.1B.

For the entire fiscal year 2024, Jabil adjusted its revenue expectations to around $31B, representing a 7% decrease from the midpoint of their earlier guidance, and below the consensus estimate of $33.7B.

The company's forecast for core operating margin remains within the previously indicated range of 5.3% to 5.5%. This is expected to result in core EPS in excess of $9.00 for fiscal 2024, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.59.

Analysts at Barclays cut the price target by $9 to $135 per share on Overweight-rated stock.

"Stepping back from the announcement, once we go past the short term inventory correction, we continue to see strong upside for JBL shares as the focus on key growth markets are paying off, along with its industry leading ROIC at 30%."

Additional reporting by Senad Karaahmetovic

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