As is typical during earnings season, several famous names reported their latest quarterly figures after market close tonight. One famous name didn't meet analyst estimates for the period, while another exceeded them.
Disney whiffs on Q3 revenue, EPS
Shares of Walt Disney are among the most actively traded issues tonight following the company's release of its Q3 of fiscal 2019 results.
The entertainment giant disappointed on both the top and bottom lines. This, despite the fact that revenue jumped 33% higher on a year-over-year basis to $20.25 billion. Analysts, however, were expecting better. Collectively, they were projecting $21.47 billion in revenue.
Ditto for non-GAAP (adjusted) net profit. That metric fell 14% to $3.31 billion, or $1.35 per share. The House of Mouse's prognosticators had estimated $1.75.
Disney explained that earnings were affected by the integration of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment assets. It acquired these in a splashy $71 billion deal that closed just before the start of Disney's Q3.
On the bright side, even though revenue didn't measure up to expectations, it still grew significantly. Thanks to hit movie releases, Disney's studio entertainment (i.e., film) division saw a 33% lift in revenue. And the direct-to-consumer and international unit reported a nearly fivefold increase in its take to $3.86 billion, slightly higher than the revenue from studio entertainment.
Investors aren't fond of double misses, though, and they're giving Disney a bit of stink eye in post-market trading tonight. The shares are down by more than 3% as of this writing.
Hertz Q2: Bottom-line flip
Hertz Global Holdings also released its latest quarterly figures, and in contrast to Disney, it soared past analyst estimates.
Hertz earned $2.51 billion in revenue in Q2 of fiscal 2019, a new record for the big auto rental company. That was up by 5% on a year-over-year basis. On the bottom line the company dramatically flipped to adjusted net profit of $38 million, or $0.40 per share, from the Q2 2018 net loss of $16 million ($0.17). Both line items exceeded analyst projections for $2.48 billion on the top line and EPS of $0.37.
In the press release trumpeting the results, Hertz attributed its improvements to "quality top-line growth, productivity improvements and effective fleet management."
The company's core U.S. rental business was responsible for most of the growth. Its revenue increased by 10% during the quarter to hit $1.78 billion.
Hertz's stock -- which has been choppy over the past few years, not least because of buyout rumors circulating in late 2018 -- has risen by more than 5% tonight.