Netflix Earnings: Shares Skyrocket on Profit Win

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations. Netflix surprised Wall Street with a turnaround revenue growth number and added 2.05 million subscribers, finishing 2012 with 27.15 million total subscribers of its service. Shares surged upward 32.98%.

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Netflix, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Net income decreased -77.29% to $8 million (13 cents per diluted share) in the quarter versus a net gain of $35.22 million in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 10% to $945 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Netflix, Inc. reported adjusted net income of 13 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0. It beat the average revenue estimate of $934.12 million.

Media analyst Michael Pachter Wedbush Securities stated,  “The subscriber number is impressive, and kind of reinforces that the killer app on tablets is Netflix…Holiday tablet sales drove the upside [in subscribers] in the season.”

Key Stats:

Revenue decreased 3.21% from $905.09 million in the previous quarter. Net income increased 4.17% from $7.68 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 loss of $0 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $0.04 to a profit of $0.02 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials.)