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  • capitalist_pig2000 capitalist_pig2000 Oct 20, 1999 3:44 PM Flag

    JROCK AOL Employee

    Maybe they have already. I've seen hints from 16
    to 24 cents here and there. They aren't going to
    come out on the Yahoo board and say "REAL AOL EMPLOYEE
    HERE". If there hasn't been any real AOL employee, maybe
    they don't want to risk it. i don't know.

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    • Over 4% rise. This is an incredible performance.

    • Strong advertising growth boosts AOL past 1Q
      estimates

      By Larry Barrett ZDII


      America
      Online Inc. (NYSE: AOL) hustled past analysts' estimates
      in its first quarter Wednesday, raking in $184
      million, or 15 cents a share, on sales of $1.5 billion.


      Its shares closed up 5 3/4 to 121 ahead of the
      earnings report.

      First Call consensus pegged the
      world's largest online service provider for a profit of
      13 cents a share in the quarter though so-called
      "whisper" estimates were closer to 15 cents a share.


      After watching its stock price slide for more than five
      months, AOL answered its critics with impressive growth
      in several key areas.

      First of all, the $1.5
      billion in sales represents a 47 percent improvement
      compared to the year-ago quarter when it earned $50
      million, or 4 cents a share, on sales of $1 billion.


      In the quarter, AOL added another 1.1 million new
      members worldwide, including a better-than-expected jump
      of 378,000 CompuServe 2000 members.

      Its
      popular ICQ service ended the quarter with more than 45
      million registered users.

      By adding a total of
      1.1 million subscribers this quarter, AOL now has
      more than 19 million registered users. And those
      registered users accounted for almost $1 billion of its
      total revenue.

      Advertising revenue soars


      In the quarter, AOL reported more than $350 million
      in advertising and e-commerce sales, doubling the
      $175 million it did in the year-ago period.

      As
      if that weren't enough, AOL also said it exited the
      quarter with a $2 billion backlog in advertising orders
      it had yet to place.

      "Our growth is
      accelerating across the board," said COO Bob Pittman in a
      prepared release. "We are confident that new services,
      products and initiatives across our brands will continue
      to build our success in all meaningful markets for
      interactive services."

      Last quarter, AOL earned $156
      million, or 13 cents a share, on sales of $1.4 billion.


      Not only did AOL add more subscribers this quarter,
      but those subscribers stayed online longer than they
      ever had before. This quarter, AOL users spent an
      average of 55 minutes online daily compared to 52 minutes
      last quarter.

      Operating income jumped 244
      percent to $265 million or 18.1 percent of revenue, up
      from 7.7 percent a year ago. EBITDA rose to a record
      $386 million for the quarter, a 152 percent increase
      over a year ago, and EBITDA margins increased to 26.3
      percent.

      Jim Preissler, an analyst at PaineWebber,
      had pegged AOL for total sales of $1.44 billion and
      predicted it might beat the Street estimate by a penny a
      share.

      "We believe AOL will continue to find a
      balance that can satisfy both near-term investors'
      expectations, as well as provide enough long-term re-investment
      to continue to grow the business at a rapid rate,"
      Preissler said in a research note. "We would expect to see
      this continued "brute-force" strength in operating
      results reflected in ongoing growth."

      Preissler
      calls the stock his "best pick" and has set a 12-month
      price target of $215 a share.

      The stock hit a
      52-week high of 175 � in April after trading at a low of
      25 1/8 last October.

      Forty of the 43
      analysts following the stock maintain either a "buy" or
      "strong buy" recommendation.

    • after the shareholders' meeting and the BOD meeting! AOL ROCKS!!

    • without your source this is just rumor, where did you hear this, we need more information. It would be nice since we have been beaten down a lot.

    • shareholders meeting!!!

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