VIVUS Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Not Happy Now

VIVUS Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS) had a loss and missed Wall Street’s expectations, AND came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 3.26%.

VIVUS Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased to $-0.55 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.24 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Was the same at $5.53 million as the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: VIVUS Inc. reported adjusted EPS loss of $0.55 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $-0.44. It missed the average revenue estimate of $12.76 million.

Quoting Management: “It is a pleasure to join VIVUS as CEO and I look forward to working with the VIVUS team, including the Board of Directors,” stated Tony Zook, chief executive officer of VIVUS. “We intend to move quickly on four main goals: 1) expand use of Qsymia through targeted patient and physician education; 2) find the right partner for Qsymia to expand PCP reach; 3) create a pathway for centralized approval in Europe; and 4) eliminate expenses that are not essential to expanding use of Qsymia. We are already making progress on these four goals.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 34.55% from $4.11 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased to $-0.55 in the quarter versus EPS of $-0.53 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 loss of $0.31 to a loss $0.35. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of $1.64 to a loss of $1.87 over the last ninety days.

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