World Wrestling Entertainment Beats Expectations but Takes a Step Back Anyway
World Wrestling Entertainment (NYS: WWE) reported earnings on Aug. 2. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), World Wrestling Entertainment met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank slightly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
World Wrestling Entertainment notched revenue of $141.6 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $143.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $142.6 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.17. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.15 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q2 were 16% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.19 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 39.7%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.8%, 320 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.4%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $107.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $490.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.37.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 438 members out of 545 rating the stock outperform, and 107 members rating it underperform. Among 115 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 81 give World Wrestling Entertainment a green thumbs-up, and 34 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on World Wrestling Entertainment is hold, with an average price target of $11.00.
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