The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Sohu.com met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Sohu.com booked revenue of $246.2 million. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $243.8 million. Sales were 42% higher than the prior-year quarter's $173.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.27. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.27 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.65 for Q4 were 39% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.07 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 71.3%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.9%, 890 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.9%, 1,450 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $239.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.71.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.06 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.67.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,133 members out of 1,202 rating the stock outperform, and 69 members rating it underperform. Among 343 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 325 give Sohu.com a green thumbs-up, and 18 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sohu.com is outperform, with an average price target of $80.40.
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