Will These Numbers from HomeAway Be Good Enough for You?

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HomeAway (NAS: AWAY) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 20. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict HomeAway's revenues will grow 21.3% and EPS will grow from $0.00 per share the prior year.

The average estimate for revenue is $70.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.04.


Revenue details
Last quarter, HomeAway chalked up revenue of $73.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $61.1 million.

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

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.06. GAAP EPS were $0.06 for Q3 compared to -$0.05 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 84.6%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.3%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $279.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.16.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 87 members out of 122 rating the stock outperform, and 35 members rating it underperform. Among 44 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 31 give HomeAway a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on HomeAway is outperform, with an average price target of $27.23.

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