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Why Shares of Autohome Slumped Today

By Timothy Green – Nov 5, 2019 at 12:25PM

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Double-digit revenue growth wasn't enough to keep investors happy.

What happened

Shares of Autohome (ATHM -2.39%) sank on Tuesday after the Chinese platform for automobile consumers reported its third-quarter results. Autohome missed analyst estimates across the board, and its guidance was below expectations. The stock was down about 12.2% at 11:45 a.m. EST.

So what

Autohome reported third-quarter revenue of $303.6 million, up 14.9% year over year but about $2.4 million below the average analyst estimate. Media services revenue was $129.3 million; leads generation services revenue was $116.0 million; and online marketplace and other revenue was $58.3 million. Non-GAAP (adjusted) earnings per share came in at $0.82, down 4.9% year over year in local currency and $0.01 below analyst expectations.

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Along with its results, Autohome announced a new annual dividend policy. Beginning in 2020, the company plans to distribute a cash dividend equal to 20% of its net income in the previous year.

Now what

While the dividend announcement was a positive for investors, Autohome's guidance was a negative. The company expects to produce fourth-quarter revenue between $315.5 million and $326.0 million, below analyst expectations of $326.8 million.

Factoring in Tuesday's rout, shares of Autohome are now essentially flat year-to-date.

Timothy Green has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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