Fool by Numbers: United Still Online

On Nov. 2, United Online (Nasdaq: UNTD  ) released earnings for its 2005 third quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

  • Net income suffered from $2.8 million in stock-based compensation charges and $5.3 million in amortization charges. Both are non-cash, which proved fortunate, as United boosted operating cash flow by 44% over last year's third quarter. (Just keep in mind that we wouldn't place much, um, stock in cash flow juiced by options and other such charges.)
  • On the other hand, the company raised guidance for full-year 2005 operating income from $83.6 to $86.6 million up to $85.6 million to $88.6 million. Nice.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights(What's this?)

Avg. Est.

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Sales

$132,410

$132,778

$110,704

+19.9%

Net Profit

--

$12,594

$12,620

-0.2%

EPS

$0.27

$0.20

$0.19

+5.3%



Margin Checkup(What's this?)

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Gross Margin

79.53%

77.76%

+1.76%

Op. Margin

17.05%

18.53%

-1.49%

Net Margin

9.49%

11.40%

-1.91%



Balance Sheet Highlights(What's this?)

Assets

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$240,993

$202,645

+18.9%

Inventory

--

--

N/A

Accounts Rec.

$20,879

$13,414

+55.7%



Liabilities

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Long-Term Debt

$58,333

--

N/A

Accounts Pay.

$51,333

$38,762

+32.4%



Cash Flow Highlights(What's this?)

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Cash From Ops

$41,865

$28,959

+44.6%

Capital Expend.

$7,981

$6,344

+25.8%

Free Cash Flow

$33,884

$22,615

+49.8%



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