What to Look For in Yelp Earnings

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Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) is set to report its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Thursday. The consensus estimates are a net loss of $0.04 per share and $220.14 million in revenue. The first quarter of last year had a net loss of $0.06 per share on $197.32 million in revenue.

In its previous earnings report, management noted that the firm finished 2017 strong with rising growth in new advertiser acquisition and continued improvements in revenue retention from the prior year. Management said that it is focused on increasing consumer usage through deepening product experience in the Restaurants category and attracting advertisers through expanding sales channels and increased ad product flexibility in 2018.

In terms of the numbers for its most recent quarter, Advertising segment revenue totaled $208.4 million, representing 18% growth year over year. Transactions revenue totaled $5.2 million, compared to $16.6 million last year. The decline was due to the sale of Eat24, which had generated a significant portion of the segment’s revenue.

Over the past 52 weeks, Yelp has outperformed the broad markets, with its stock up about 38%. In just 2018 alone, the stock is up only 14%.

Prior to the release of the earnings report, a few analysts weighed in on Yelp:

  • KeyCorp has a Buy rating with a $54 price target.
  • Merrill Lynch has a Buy rating and a $52 price target.
  • Morgan Stanley has an Equal Weight rating with a $40 target.
  • Credit Suisse has a Buy rating with a $50 price target.
  • Barclays has an Equal Weight rating with a $44 target price.
  • SunTrust Banks has a Buy rating with a $50 price target.

Shares of Yelp were last seen at $47.96, with a consensus analyst price target of $47.30 and a 52-week range of $27.11 to $48.40.

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