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July 24, 2014
12:05 EDTYELP, ANGIAngie's List plummets after Q2 report triggers multiple downgrades
Shares of consumer-driven review service Angie's List (ANGI) are plummeting after the company reported second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. WHAT'S NEW: Angie's List reported a Q2 loss per share of (31c) which was worse than analysts' consensus forecast for a (24c) per share loss. The company's Q2 revenue was $78.9M, which was below analysts' consensus of $80.19M. The review service reported Q2 gross member additions of approximately 399K at an average cost per acquisition of $90 and reported total end of period paid memberships of 2.84M. Angie's Q2 average membership renewal rate was 77%. Angie's List guided to Q3 revenue of $80.5M-$82.5M, which is lower than analysts' consensus of $86.63M. Angie's List added that it expects to generate positive adjusted EBITDA for FY14, with CEO Bill Oesterle saying, "While revenue growth in e-commerce was lower than expected, we continued to make progress against our strategy of enabling service providers and populating their stores with offers. We expect significant improvement in margin in the second half of the year and continue to see compelling opportunities for growth." ANALYST REACTION: After Angie's List's report, at least seven Street research firms downgraded their ratings on its stock. Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein downgraded Angie's List to Perform from Outperform, stating that while executives feels that vendor renewal rates are strong, the ratio of selling expense to vendor revenue is leaning negatively, productivity per rep is decreasing and e-commerce revenue is decelerating. MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded the review service company to Neutral from Buy, saying that Angie's List gave several "layers" of disappointing news in the Q2 earnings report. Sanderson said that the data went against its anticipation for signs of stability this quarter. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster lowered his price target for Angie's List to $12 from $17 and believes that shares of Angie's List, but believes shares are "washed out" after the company gave its Q2 report. Munster perceives the firm's outlook to be conservative and feels investor anticipations are at "rock bottom," which could mean that any optimistic updates from Angie's list could have "meaningful" and "positive" benefit. Munster maintained an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: During midday trading, shares of Angie's List fell $2.07, or 20% to $8.10. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yelp (YELP), which also allows users to review local businesses, is up 1% to $69.40 near noon.
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May 26, 2015
19:25 EDTYELPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:14 EDTYELPEminence Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Yelp
May 19, 2015
10:27 EDTYELPYelp May weekly calls active on renewed talk of buyout
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09:51 EDTYELPYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
May 18, 2015
10:03 EDTYELPYelp slips after analyst says stock already reflects takeover probability
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10:01 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:25 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:46 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded Yelp to Neutral from Overweight saying a takeout is priced into shares at current levels. Munster sees a 65% chance of Yelp eventually getting acquired at a valuation at or slightly below the current share price. The stock has rallied 24% since it was reported that the company hired a bank to explore a sale, the analyst points out. He lowered his price target for shares to $46 from $70. The review website closed Friday down 46c to $46.89.
May 14, 2015
11:16 EDTYELPStocks with call strike movement; VIPS YELP
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May 13, 2015
11:22 EDTYELPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:10 EDTANGIB. Riley to hold a conference
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