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Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT) Stock Falls on Earnings Announcement

Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT)

Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT)

Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT) shares were down 11% after the wireless backhaul solution provider reported Q3 2017 net income of $3.5 million, or $0.04 cents per share. Revenue came in at $76 million. CRNT shares closed at $1.85 – just $0.26 above the stock’s published book value.

Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT)

Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT) provides wireless backhaul solutions that enable cellular operators and other wireless service providers to deliver voice, data, and multimedia services globally. Ceragon’s offerings utilize microwave technology to transfer telecommunication traffic between base stations, and the core of the service provider’s network. Their clients include wireless service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies.

Over two months ago, its FibeAir IP-20 Platform was selected by a Southeast Asia wireless service provider to expand and modernize its nationwide 450MHz low-band high coverage CDMA network to a 4G-LTE network. Even so, the market did not move the shares higher on the news. Instead, CDMA shares actually lost ground over the next three days.

CRNT Stock Performance

Earnings have been erratic for the telecommunications firm. In 2012 the company lost (-$0.64) per share and followed that loss in 2013 with a loss of (-$1.23), and a loss of (-$1.22) in 2014. For 2015, the company posted a per share profit of $0.01 and last year that figure improved to $0.15.

Interestingly, the positive earnings trend comes alongside a decline in reported sales. In 2014 the posted sales figure was $371.1 million, followed by $349.4 million in 2015, and $293.6 million in 2016.

Three investment firms follow Ceragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:CRNT). Two rate CRNT shares as a “Hold”, while one rates the shares a “Buy”. Their consensus one-year price target is $2.50.

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About the author: Steve Clark is a 23-year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading. Steve keeps his head in the game by looking for, and writing about, small companies that often get overlooked by the big investment firms.

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