Vonage Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol specialist Vonage (NYS: VG) are getting hung up on today, with the stock plunging by 16% at the low, after the company reported earnings this morning.

So what: Third-quarter revenue came in at $216.5 million, which was mostly flat sequentially and year over year, while earnings per share were $0.11. When compared to the consensus estimates, the story was mixed as sales fell short but the bottom line registered a beat.

Now what: Soft guidance is causing the stock's drop today, although there were no changes to prior forecasts that expect EBITDA of at least $165 million. Average monthly revenue per line ticked up to $30.16, but monthly churn also rose to 2.7%. Additionally, the company expects full-year churn in that same ballpark of 2.6%, which is on the high end of its forecasts and is spooking investors.

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