November 23, 2011
Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of Pandora Media (NYSE: P ) fell as much as 13% today after the company beat earnings expectations. Wait, what?
So what: Yes, both revenue and earnings topped what analysts had expected, but the market was disappointed by guidance, so the stock got rocked. Revenue of $75 million topped the $71.4 million analysts expected, and earnings per share of $0.02 beat expectations of a $0.01 loss. In the fourth quarter, the company expects revenue to be between $80 million and $84 million, while analysts expected $82.3 million in revenue.
Now what: Guidance is always a big deal for companies -- but especially for companies growing as quickly as Pandora. When Pandora blew away earnings this quarter and didn't up guidance to match, the market saw it as a sign of weakness.
Considering the great quarter and the fact that Pandora did raise guidance, I think this is a great buying spot for investors looking to get in. Management may not want to set guidance too high and miss next quarter, so I'm not terribly disappointed with the company's outlook for the fourth quarter.
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