Sohu.com Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Sohu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 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 profit of $1.23 per share, a rise of 15% 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 $1.24. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.23 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 26.8% versus last year to $4.59.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at net income of $1.21 a share versus the estimate of profit of $1.18 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $242.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 40% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $850.3 million for the year, a rise of 38.8% from last year’s revenue of $612.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: seven out of 12 analysts surveyed (58.3%) have a buy rating on Sohu.com.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 67.2% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 14.2% to $46.8 million ($1.17 a share) from $41 million ($1.01 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 41.9% to $232.9 million from $164.1 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 35%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 41.9% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 32.3% in the second quarter and 48.4% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During December 30, 2011 to January 31, 2012, the stock price had risen $9.61 (19.2%) from $50 to $59.61. 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, rising 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, falling 19.2% (-$11.34) over that span.

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

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