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SouFun (SFUN) Q1 Loss Wider Than Expected, View Raised

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SouFun Holdings Ltd. SFUN reported operating net loss of 24 cents per share in the first quarter of 2016, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 7 cents. The company had earned 2 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.

A higher level of expenses offset the revenue improvement, resulting in a loss in the quarter.

Behind the Headlines

Total revenue of SouFun was $204.6 million in the quarter, up 62.3% year over year on growth in e-commerce services. Soft performance in marketing services limited the upside. However, revenue growth was the highest in the last five years.

Digging deeper, marketing services’ revenues decreased 25.1% year over year to $30.4 million.

Revenues from e-Commerce services (contributing nearly 70% to total revenue) skyrocketed 154% year over year to $142.6 million on higher real estate brokerage services for secondary homes. Listing services revenues moved up 2% to $24.1 million. While Internet financial services revenues increased 200% on increased financial services to the real estate brokerage services, other value-added services revenues improved 27% year over year, largely on the strength of an increase in real estate data-related services.

Operating expenses increased 44.3% and selling expenses rose 27.3% owing to an increase in advertising and promotion expenses. General and administrative expenses also increased 77.9%.

The company incurred an operating loss of $110.2 million in the reported quarter. The year-ago quarter on the other hand had seen an operating income of $7.5 million.

Before income tax, interest expenses, interest income, depreciation and amortization, the company suffered an adjusted loss of $100.4 million. In the year-ago quarter, the company’s adjusted earnings before income tax, interest expenses, interest income, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $11.3 million.

Financial Update

SouFun exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $567 million, down 31% from the 2015-end level.

Cash used in operating activities was $67.2 million the quarter compared with $54.7 million used in the year-ago quarter.

Guidance

SouFun raised its revenue guidance to $1.15 billion for 2016 (from $1.06 billion guided earlier), which translates into a 30% year-over-year increase.

Zacks Rank

SouFun presently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Performance of Other Business Service Providers

The bottom line at Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. CORE, ExamWorks Group, Inc. EXAM and Performant Financial Corporation PFMT outperformed their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate in their latest releases.

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