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What: Shares of Digital Generation (UNKNOWN:DGIT.DL) were clocking in higher today, rising 28% after the company released a strong earnings report.
So what: The electronic content-distribution specialist delivered earnings per share of $0.09, well ahead of the analysts' estimate of just $0.02, which it hit a year ago. Sales were flat at $96.3 million, but that also topped the experts' mark. CEO Neil Nguyen said that DG's online business had increased 19% to $41.3 million, or 43% of total sales, due to "customers' growing use of video, the company's data driven campaign optimization, and the implementation of new analytics tools." The television segment did not fare as well, with sales dropping 11% to $55 million, while full-year revenue guidance of $370-$400 million was in line with analyst expectations at $386 million.
Now what: The jump in per-share profits from $0.02 a year ago to $0.09 is a little misleading, as much of that increase was due to declines in share-based compensation and acquisition expenses, costs that other companies often factor out when they report adjusted earnings. EBITDA for the world's leading multiscreen ad company was just 2% higher than a year ago at $31.1 million, meaning sales-driven profit increase was essentially null. The growth in the online segment is promising, but investors should want to see more meaningful improvements in the bottom line.