Why Lionbridge Shares Roared

Why Lionbridge Shares Roared

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Lionbridge Technologies have gained nearly 13% today after the company came through with a third-quarter earnings report that gives investors a lot to like.

So what: Lionbridge's quarterly revenue, $124.6 million, is an 11% year-over-year improvement, and comes in ahead of Wall Street's modest expectations of $119 million. The company's earnings of $0.08 per share -- on a generally accepted accounting principles basis, no less -- smashed through expectations of just $0.03 in EPS. Going forward, Lionbridge expects revenue to be from $120 million-$123 million for the fourth quarter, which is better than the $119.5 million Wall Street consensus. The company also revealed guidance for 2014 -- it expects revenue to grow by 5% -10% from 2013, and income from operations to see "significant growth."

Now what: This is certainly good news. However, at present, the company is valued like a relatively high-growth stock (its P/E is roughly 34), but it anticipates revenue growth that's more akin to that of a fully established large-cap company. Margin expansion could juice earnings growth and make today's P/E irrelevant, but this stock deserves a cautious, close look before you make any investment.

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