The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Expedia missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, and net margins expanded.
Expedia booked revenue of $787.1 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $821.8 million. GAAP sales were 2.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $808.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.58. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.59 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.52 for Q4 were 6.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.49 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 76.7%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.9%, 720 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.9%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $794.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.77 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.88.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 346 members out of 432 rating the stock outperform, and 86 members rating it underperform. Among 147 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 129 give Expedia 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 Expedia is hold, with an average price target of $52.33.
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