MAKO Surgical Corp. (MAKO): The Stakes Are High

What this quarter means
On average this quarter, analysts are expecting MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO) to post revenue of $24.4 million and a loss per share of $0.19. So now that MAKO management finally seems to have effectively aligned expectations with reality, it needs now more than ever to deliver a decent quarter to show investors it knows what the heck it’s doing.

Remember, the company is still burning cash as it grows its base of installed systems  — albeit at a continuously slowing rate — and the high-priced robots can run well into the seven figure range if customers choose to include the $150,000 hip add-on. Needless to say, then, this tends to make overall revenue look chunky even as the number of procedures continues to rise.

If MAKO does manage to meet or exceed expectations, it could easily be off to the the races for shares of this up-and-coming surgical powerhouse. However, if MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO) puts up less-than-satisfying results when it reports tomorrow, renewed fears of a prolonged Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN)-esque decline could easily push the stock to fresh 52-week-lows.

The article Why This Quarter Is Crucial for MAKO Surgical originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Steve Symington.

Fool contributor Steve Symington owns shares of MAKO Surgical. The Motley Fool recommends Intuitive Surgical and MAKO Surgical. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intuitive Surgical.

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