LendingTree TREE reported a positive earnings surprise of 34.7% in third-quarter 2019. Adjusted net income per share of $2.25 outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.67. Further, the figure comes in higher than the prior-year quarter’s $1.92 per share.
The company’s results were driven by higher revenues, with major contribution from non-mortgage products revenues. Also, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) displayed impressive growth. However, rise in expenses was a major drag.
The company reported GAAP net income of $24.5 million or $1.67 per share compared with the $28.4 million or $2.05 recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Revenue Growth Partially Offset by Higher Expenses
Total revenues surged 58% year over year to $310.6 million in the third quarter. This upside primarily stemmed from higher non-mortgage product revenues as well as mortgage revenues. Furthermore, the reported figure outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $295.2 million.
Total costs and expenses came in at $279.4 million, flaring up 58% from the prior-year quarter. This upswing primarily resulted from rise in almost all components of cost.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $63 million, up 39% from the $45.3 million reported in the prior-year quarter.
As of Sep 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $50.5 million, slumping nearly 52% from Dec 31, 2018. Long-term debt was up 4% from the prior-year end to $261 million. Total shareholders' equity was $389.3 million, up 12.4% from the Dec 31, 2018 level.
Concurrent with the third-quarter results, management issues revised full-year 2019 estimates.
- Total revenues of $1,100-$1,115 million predicted, up from the previous projection of $1,080-$1,100 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA anticipated in the $197-$205 million band, up from the prior forecast of $195-$205 million.
- Variable Marketing Margin projected at $395-$405 million, up from the earlier estimate of $390-$405 million.
LendingTree put up a decent performance during the July-September period. The company’s expansion strategy for its non-mortgage business seems to be working well, suggested by the continued rise in non-mortgage revenues. This apart, LendingTree’s commitment to diversify product offerings beyond mortgage-related products augurs well for the long haul.
Nevertheless, escalating expenses remain a concern.
LendingTree, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Currently, LendingTree carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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Performance of Other Finance Stocks
UMB Financial UMBF delivered third-quarter 2019 net operating earnings of $1.27 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.17. The reported figure also compared favorably with the prior-year quarter’s earnings of $1.16.
Bank of Hawaii Corporation BOH reported a negative earnings surprise of 6.5% in the September-end quarter. Earnings per share of $1.29 lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.38. Further, the reported figure compared unfavorably with the $1.36 earned in the prior-year quarter.
Texas Capital Bancshares Inc. TCBI posted earnings per share of $1.70 in the third quarter, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.49. Results compared favorably with the prior-year quarter’s $1.65 as well.
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