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Why Roku Stock Surged Higher on Tuesday

By Daniel Sparks – Apr 14, 2020 at 11:27AM

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The streaming-TV platform provider's first-quarter revenue looks poised to easily beat analyst estimates.

What happened

Shares of streaming-TV platform provider Roku (ROKU -9.15%) jumped on Tuesday, rising about 11.2% as of 11:45 a.m. EDT.

The stock's gain follows the release of some preliminary first-quarter operating metrics, which highlighted a boost in streaming as more consumers are sheltering at home.

A TV displaying the Roku home page.

Image source: Roku.

So what

Roku estimated its first-quarter revenue would be between $307 million and $317 million, beating management's guidance going into the period for $300 million to $310 million and analysts' average forecast of $299.8 million. 

The company also said active accounts jumped 37% year over year and streaming hours for the period came in at a record 13.2 billion, up 49% year over year.

"[B]eginning in late Q1 Roku started to see the effects of large numbers of people 'sheltering at home,'" explained Roku in its business update after market close on Monday. "For Roku, this has resulted in an acceleration in new account growth and an increase in viewing."

Now what

Despite its first quarter seeming to be positively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, management opted to withdraw its full-year outlook, citing economic uncertainties. In addition, the company decided to draw down $70 million from its revolving credit facility as a proactive measure. This brought its total cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at the end of its first quarter to approximately $587 million.

Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Roku. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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