The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), TripAdvisor beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins grew, net margins grew.
TripAdvisor booked revenue of $169.4 million. The 19 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $167.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $137.8 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 $0.29. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.27 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.23 for Q4 were 44% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.16 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 97.9%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 27.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 19.8%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $221.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $935.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.77.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 159 members out of 177 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 68 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 59 give TripAdvisor 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 TripAdvisor is hold, with an average price target of $42.00.
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