The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP) had a loss and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.
The E. W. Scripps Company Earnings Cheat Sheet
Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased to $-0.05 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.06 in the year-earlier quarter.
Revenue: Decreased 4.07% to $198.7 million from the year-earlier quarter.
Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: The E. W. Scripps Company reported adjusted EPS loss of $0.05 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $-0.07. It missed the average revenue estimate of $203.15 million.
Quoting Management: “Following record-setting profit performance in 2012, we launched into 2013 determined to substantially upgrade our digital revenue platforms, launch a series of new local digital products, and rebuild our newspaper business models around bundled subscriptions for digital and print audiences,” said Rich Boehne, president, chairman and CEO.
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Revenue decreased 23.5% from $259.75 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased to $-0.05 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.52 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 $0.12 to a profit $0.10. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $0.35 to a profit of $0.11 over the last ninety days.
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