The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), RealNetworks met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss.
Margins dropped across the board.
RealNetworks reported revenue of $80.2 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $80.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $97.8 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 -$0.08. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged -$0.08 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.08 for Q4 versus $0.08 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 35.1%, 2,840 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -28.5%, 2,790 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -3.4%, 670 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $66.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $284.1 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.88.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 182 members out of 234 rating the stock outperform, and 53 members rating it underperform. Among 68 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 49 give RealNetworks a green thumbs-up, and 19 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on RealNetworks is hold, with an average price target of $10.25.
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