Netflix shares up on Q2 results: ‘you have to think about buying this stock’
Shares of Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) are up nearly 10% in extended trading after the streaming giant said it did not lose as many subscribers in its fiscal second quarter as it had forecast earlier.
Notable figures in Netflix Q2 results
Lost 970,000 paid subscribers versus 2.0 million expectedNet earnings printed at $1.6 billion, up 7.0% year-over-yearPer-share earnings of $3.20 were ahead of last year’s $2.97Revenue saw an annualised growth of 9.0% to $7.97 billionFactSet consensus was for $2.95 of EPS on $8.03 billion in sales
A day earlier, Netflix said its customers will soon be restricted to use their accounts in one designated home only. For each new home, it’ll charge an additional $2.99. The new policy will apply to Latin America first and will eventually be cloned through the rest of its markets.
Netflix to win back its lost subscribers
More importantly, Netflix is committed to winning its subscribers back, as per its letter to shareholders. In the current financial quarter, the streaming company hopes to add 1 million paid subscribers and generate $7.84 billion in revenue.
The forecast, however, was still below Street estimates for 1.4 million net additions on $8.09 billion in revenue. Operating margin is expected to stand at 19% to 20% this year.
Joe Terranova reacts to the earnings report
Discussing the earnings report on CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime”, Virtus Investment Partners’ Joe Terranova said:
You have to think about buying this stock. This is not a value trap. It’s a stock that’s exhibiting itself to be a value story, but growth has the potential to return once again. I’d expect it to rally towards $275 in a better market.
According to Netflix, revenue took a $339 million hit on foreign currency impact this quarter. NFLX is currently trading at trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio of 18.30.
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