Sohu.com, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Sohu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 30, 2012. Sohu.com is an Internet company that, through its subsidiaries, provides online products and services with news, information, entertainment and communication in China.

Sohu.com, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 45 cents per share, a decline of 55.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.15. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 46 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 26.6% versus last year to $3.39.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 5 cents, reporting profit of $1.28 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.23 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 29.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $225.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Sohu.com with six of 11 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 38.9% to $26.9 million (65 cents a share) from $44 million ($1.07 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 42.2% to $246.2 million from $173.2 million.

Key Stats:

With double-digit revenue growth the past four quarters, this earnings release is a chance to keep that positive trend going. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 38.7% over the last four quarters.

The company is looking to get back on track with this earnings announcement after a profit drop last quarter snapped a positive string of results. Net income rose 48.4% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 32.3% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 14.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before declining in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 27, 2012 and April 24, 2012, the stock price fell $13.28 (-20.7%), from $64.24 to $50.96. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 12, 2011 and July 20, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 12.7% (+$9.40) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 28, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight days, dropping 19.2% (-$11.34) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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