eHealth Earnings: Everything You Must Know Now

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

eHealth, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased to $0.18 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.11 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 5.06% to $45.3 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: eHealth, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.18 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.13. It missed the average revenue estimate of $46.15 million.

Quoting Management: Gary Lauer, chief executive officer of eHealth, stated, “In 2012 we achieved good progress across the key areas of our business. We returned to annual revenue and GAAP earnings growth after a challenging 2011, completed the transition of our Medicare business to a direct fulfillment model ahead of schedule, and saw a significant improvement in our Individual and Family Plan business.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 20.51% from $37.59 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 1700% from $0.01 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.13 to a profit $0.12. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.36, which is the same with that ninety days ago.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)