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While 24/7 is not growing at Google's rapid rate, its results are nonetheless impressive. In the fourth quarter, revenues increased 52% to $41.7 million. Net income was $1.4 million, or $0.03 per share, which was up from a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.06 per share, in the same period in 2004.
24/7 was one of the early players in the online advertising market. Its core market used to be ad-serving, a technology that delivers banner ads across websites. This was a very lucrative business until the dot-com bust; indeed, 24/7 nearly went belly-up several years ago.
After a painful restructuring period, 24/7 is now a much different company. It has a leaner cost structure and new service offerings that meet advertisers' dynamic needs. In my opinion, companies like 24/7's ability to offer them a full-blown advertising package, instead of sticking merely to the increasingly commodified ad-serving market. Paid search is critical area for 24/7, in which the company helps its clients effectively market on properties like Yahoo!
The recent acquisition of Decide Interactive helped 24/7 piece together such a complete system. During the fourth quarter, the company's Search Solutions segment saw revenues surge by 141% to $16.4 million.
Moreover, as online advertising becomes more mainstream, advertisers want global solutions. During the past year, 24/7 has set up offices in Tokyo, Rome, and Hamburg. There's also a joint venture in Japan with Dentsu, Asia's largest ad agency, to capitalize on the search market. In light of this, it's hardly shocking that a significant chunk of 24/7's revenues come from international operations.
With the continued shift of ad dollars to the Internet, companies will need the sort of value-added services and technologies that 24/7 offers. True, the company has fierce competition from companies such as aQuantive
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Fool contributor Tom Taulli does not own shares mentioned in this article.