United Online Beats Expectations but Takes a Step Back Anyway
Aug 2nd 2012 10:38AM
Updated Aug 2nd 2012 10:48AM
United Online (NAS: UNTD) reported earnings on Aug. 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), United Online met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
United Online chalked up revenue of $231.9 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for sales of $232.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $255.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.18. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.12 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q2 were 44% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.16 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 45.9%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.3%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.7%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $176.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $868.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.56.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 263 members out of 286 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 55 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 45 give United Online a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on United Online is outperform, with an average price target of $8.22.
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