The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Web.com Group whiffed on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP loss per share grew.
Gross margins grew, operating margins contracted, net margins contracted.
Web.com Group logged revenue of $105.8 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $121.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $43.9 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 $0.41. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.39 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.45 for Q3 against -$0.19 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 62.0%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -4.2%, 780 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -20.3%, 800 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $125.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $478.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.54.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 123 members out of 152 rating the stock outperform, and 29 members rating it underperform. Among 46 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 32 give Web.com Group a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Web.com Group is buy, with an average price target of $20.91.
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