SINA Increases Sales but Misses Estimates on Earnings

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SINA (NAS: SINA) reported earnings on Feb. 27. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), SINA met expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased.

Gross margin dropped, operating margin shrank, and net margin grew.

Revenue details
SINA recorded revenue of $133.4 million. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $132.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $110.0 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.21. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.22 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.14 for Q4 against -$1.62 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 54.5%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.5%, 2,010 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 9,790 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $103.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $553.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.83.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,121 members out of 1,229 rating the stock outperform, and 108 members rating it underperform. Among 350 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 325 give SINA a green thumbs-up, and 25 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SINA is outperform, with an average price target of $109.02.

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