Live Nation Entertainment
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Live Nation Entertainment met expectations on revenue and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP loss per share grew.
Gross margin expanded, operating margin improved, and net margin contracted.
Live Nation Entertainment booked revenue of $868.0 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $867.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $849.4 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 -$0.37. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.43 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.37 for Q1 compared to -$0.27 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 37.9%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -4.8%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -8.0%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.61 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.07.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.31.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 165 members out of 190 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 69 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 60 give Live Nation Entertainment a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Live Nation Entertainment is outperform, with an average price target of $12.80.
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