When your corporate moniker is anchored by an exclamation point, folks expect exciting things from you. For Yahoo!
Gravity was denied as the portal powerhouse earned $0.14 a share on $757.8 million in March quarter revenues. That sailed past Wall Street targets and made minced meat out of last year's $0.08 a share in profits on $282.9 million in revenues.
Even if you back out the more than $200 million that Yahoo! had to pay back to websites for allowing it to serve up its Overture ads, you are left with $550 million in high-margin revenues. In fact, there was good news all around as the company generated a jaw-dropping $197 million in free cash flow for the period and raised its balance sheet cash to $2.8 billion.
Forced to find a fault, one could carp on the fact that the bellwether's fee revenues only climbed by 39% while the number of paying relationships for its premium services doubled, but why rain on the parade? That's a small part of the company's well-oiled engine, and it's an incomplete knock.
And Yahoo! isn't looking back. It declared a 2-for-1 stock split as confidence springs eternal, and the company now looks to produce a full-year operating profit as high as $625 million. Revenues, excluding the Overture-related traffic acquisition costs, will come in between $2.4 billion and $2.5 billion.
Now that the dot-com bust has cleared away most of the pretenders, the Internet can be a pretty compelling place for your investing dollar. For some time now, leaders like eBay
Yes, Yahoo! has got some pretty long coattails these days. Cool threads, indeed.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz does Yahoo! but not the stock. He does not own shares in any company mentioned in this story.