Ouch! Shares of China.com parent CDC
The actual financials weren't that bad. Healthy gains in enterprise software found revenue climbing 35% higher to hit $103.9 million. Yes, CDC posted a loss for the period, but it's an adjusted profit of $0.08 per share once you back out acquisition, restructuring, and investment related charges. Analysts were looking for CDC to earn $0.09 per share on $98.5 million in revenue. The real killjoy here is axing its guidance as a result of divisional uncertainty, as well as potential spin-off and dividend policy implementations.
Don't let the ticker symbol or the China.com ownership fool you. CDC's biggest gains are still coming from its enterprise software lines, now accounting for a fat 85% slice of the revenue mix pie.
The China.com portal is growing briskly, and that should continue, given the company's recently enhanced partnership with Google
The only weakness is in the company's mobile entertainment business, but that's no surprise. Stand-alone players in wireless valued-added services like TOM Online and KongZhong
CDC's online games are growing, but no one is going to confuse the company with market leaders Shanda Interactive
Add it up, and this morning's markdown is making CDC an intriguing play for vulture investors to pick at both China and the enterprise software sector. The next few quarters may not be pretty. New game launches are proving costly, and a recovery in mobile services seems to be nowhere in sight. Until we get more details on the company's potential carve-outs and payouts, it's hard to gauge the value of those waiting room catalysts.
Still, for a company like CDC where different subsidiaries are growing at different paces, it's easy to fathom the company's individual pieces being worth more than the sum of its parts. So keep watching for falling prices and news that may make this a more obvious buying opportunity.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of China's growth story, but he does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.