Golf Clap for Focus Media Holding

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Focus Media Holding (NAS: FMCN) reported earnings on March 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Focus Media Holding met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.


Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Focus Media Holding logged revenue of $250.2 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $249.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.71. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.72 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.71 for Q4 were 1.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q4 were 129% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.24 per share.

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 68.5%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 40.1%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 30.6%, much better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $219.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.06 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,008 members out of 1,121 rating the stock outperform, and 113 members rating it underperform. Among 272 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 224 give Focus Media Holding a green thumbs-up, and 48 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Focus Media Holding is outperform, with an average price target of $35.10.

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