Linkedin Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Exploding Higher Now

Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 10%.

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Linkedin Corporation Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Net income increased 66.18% to $11.5 million (35 cents per diluted share excluding items) in the quarter versus a net gain of $6.92 million in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 81.23% to $304 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Linkedin Corporation reported adjusted net income of 35 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.19. It beat the average revenue estimate of $279.5 million.

Quoting Management: “2012 was a transformative year for LinkedIn,” said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. “We exited 2011 having successfully revamped our underlying development infrastructure. Based on that investment, we said that 2012 would be a year of accelerated product innovation, and it was. The products we delivered throughout the year drove member engagement and financial results to record levels in the fourth quarter.”

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Revenue increased 20.62% from $252.03 million in the previous quarter. Net income increased 400% from $2.3 million in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.24 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.72, 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)