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What: Shares of billboard operator Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR ) dipped 10% today after the company reported disappointing first-quarter earnings results.
So what: For the quarter, Lamar reported a 4.3% increase in revenue to $266.3 million but noted a substantially wider-than-expected loss of $0.25 per share to repay roughly $30 million worth of debt due in 2015. Even worse, Lamar forecast that its second-quarter revenue would come in around $303 million, which was slightly shy of Wall Street's forecast for $305.1 million.
Now what: This really isn't anything new for Lamar, which has been trading at an astronomical valuation, in my eyes, for years. Lamar has lost money in two of the past three years and is currently valued at 52 times forward earnings. This is the reason I highlighted the company as a stock worth selling back in February 2011. Time hasn't been kind to this company, and I still feel it represents a poor investment.
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