The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q3), Rentrak missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted, and GAAP loss per share improved.
Gross margins grew, operating margins expanded, and net margins contracted.
Rentrak logged revenue of $22.2 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $22.7 million. Sales were 6.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $23.7 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.02. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.07 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.18 for Q3 against -$0.04 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 47.8%, 720 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -4.4%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -8.8%, 680 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $24.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.05.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $91.8 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.21.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 48 members rating the stock outperform and 13 members rating it underperform. Among 24 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 20 give Rentrak a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rentrak is buy, with an average price target of $22.29.
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