The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), WebMD Health beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped. Non-GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly. GAAP earnings per share contracted to a loss.
Margins dropped across the board.
WebMD Health logged revenue of $132.7 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $124.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $150.7 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 $0.03. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.07 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.03 for Q4 were 88% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.24 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.12 for Q4 against $0.28 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 58.3%, 650 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.6%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -4.6%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $105.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.05.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $445.7 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.29.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 111 members out of 166 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 49 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give WebMD Health 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 WebMD Health is hold, with an average price target of $14.00.
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