The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), comScore met expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP loss per share expanded.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins increased, and net margins contracted.
comScore reported revenue of $62.6 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $63.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $51.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at -$0.10. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.05 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.10 for Q4 against -$0.01 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 69.5%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.0%, 510 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -5.3%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $64.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.02.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $280.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.19.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 103 members out of 124 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 36 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 31 give comScore a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on comScore is outperform, with an average price target of $24.82.
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