You won't find too many people complaining about the fashionably late company. First-quarter revenue climbed 39% to $71.3 million, comfortably ahead of its original top-line guidance of $66 million to $68 million. Earnings on an adjusted basis -- which backs out items like stock-based compensation and certain amortization items -- soared 73% higher to $0.33 a share.
The company's performance easily lapped Wall Street's expectations of $0.27 a share in adjusted profitability on $67.4 million in revenue. (SINA's fourth-quarter earnings also clocked in ahead of analysts.)
Analysts should have known better. Didn't they see the wave of online ad-centric companies like Sohu.com
Even outdoor display advertising specialists like Focus Media
If these companies are doing well now, imagine how things will be hopping in a few months, when advertisers really want to be seen and heard during the Beijing Olympic Games.
SINA also was no slouch in its mobile value-added services business. The 20% year-over-year improvement there isn't the same kind of heady growth that SINA's posting in its advertising stronghold, but it's a welcome change for an industry that has been in decline over the past two years.
Companies like SINA and NetEase
SINA diversified, and diversified well.
The company's outlook for the current quarter calls for $88 million to $90 million in revenue. Will analysts believe SINA again? Will they miss the signs if other online advertisers come through with monster reports in two months?
You know the answer. We'll find ourselves just where we are today, with SINA lapping the humbled pros again.