Sohu.com Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Up Now

Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) 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 2.52%.

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Sohu.com Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 13.21% to $0.6 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.53 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 35.92% to $308 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Sohu.com Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.6 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.45. It beat the average revenue estimate of $296.97 million.

Quoting Management: Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc. commented, “I am pleased to report our Group’s three key properties, namely online media, including portal and online video, Sogou and Changyou are all making strong starts into 2013. For the first quarter, the Group revenues were up 36% year-on-year, exceeding our expectations. By business unit, online video, delivered double digit sequential revenue growth in a typical slowest quarter of the year. Sogou business was solid as its core products continued to gain user traction. Changyou set new records for both top-line and bottom-line, driven by decent performance of its MMO and web games.”

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Revenue increased 2.84% from $299.49 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 0% from $0.60 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 $0.72 to a profit $0.61. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $2.97 to a profit of $2.62 over the last ninety days.

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