LinkedIn (LNKD) Stock Soars on 4Q Earnings Results
Mountain View, California based LinkedIn Corp. is a social network website that offers services to people in professional capacities.
Shares of LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) were trading at $264.00 per share, up +26.03 or +10.94 percent in Friday's premarket after the company released better than expected fourth quarter earnings after Thursday's market close. LinkedIn stock closed at $237.97 per share, up +5.94 or +2.56 percent in Thursday's regular trading session as the Dow climbed 200 points.
LinkedIn reported net income of $3 million in the last three months of 2014 versus net income of $4 million in the same quarter one year ago. Non-GAAP income for the quarter came to $77 million versus $48 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income for the whole year of 2014 came to $254 million versus full year income of $192 million in 2013.
Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive Officer of LinkedIn said in a press release that, "The fourth quarter capped another successful year for LinkedIn, which was marked by steady member growth and strong financial results," he added that, "We continued to make significant progress against a number of multi-year, strategic initiatives including mobile, jobs, content, and global expansion."
The company reported revenue from the United States of $388 million, which represented 60 percent of total fourth quarter revenue, while international markets came to $255 million or 40 percent of total revenue in the fourth quarter. Field sales revenue was $414 million in the quarter, which represented 64 percent of total revenue with revenue online channel revenue of $230 million or 36 percent of total fourth quarter revenue. LinkedIn ended the quarter with 15 million new users, bringing the number of users posting their work histories to 347 million.
Steve Sordello, LinkedIn's Chief Financial Officer concluded the company's conference call after the earnings release saying that, â€œ2014 represented a year of both new strategic investments and significant progress against LinkedIn's long term roadmap. We improved our member experience by investing in mobile, content, and the successful launch in China. Within monetization, we increased investment to pursue the larger market opportunity in Talent Solutions, while laying the foundation for Marketing and Sales Solutions through the acquisition of Bizo and launch of the flagship Sales Navigator. We will continue to aggressively invest in our member and customer platforms to pursue the vision of building the world's first economic graph and realizing LinkedIn's full potential.
Guidance for the company's fiscal 2015 year was for earnings per share of $2.95 on revenues of $2.93 - $2.95 billion with first quarter earnings per share forecast at $0.53 per share. Analysts expected full year earnings per share of $2.75 on $2.95 billion in revenue.
LinkedIn stock will open at a new all-time high this morning. In addition to stellar earnings and guidance for next year, a number of analysts are revising their price target on the stock including JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The stock could continue higher after this morning's market opening.
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