By any measure, the first quarter was a mixed bag for the employment advertising business. The three public companies — Monster, Dice, and LinkedIn — all reported numbers that in some way didn’t hit what Wall Street investors were expecting or wanted.
CareerBuilder, privately held by a group of publishing companies lead by Gannett, its biggest shareholder, said it had North American revenue of $167 million, barely a 1 percent increase from Q1 last year. It provides no other numbers.
LinkedIn Keeps Growing
Last among the companies to report was LinkedIn, which this afternoon said it earned 38 cents a share (not including one-time expenses) versus the 34 cents analysts were expecting. Overall revenue grew by 46 percent to $473.2 million, with recruiting revenue powering the growth. The company took in $275.9 million in recruitment income, an almost 50 percent increase over the same quarter last year. Wall Street forecast the company would bring in $466.57 million. keep reading…