Monster Ekes Out a Win From a Loss

Jul 30, 2015

Despite continuing to see erosion in its North American business, Monster beat Wall Street’s financial expectations for the second quarter. Its stock price jumped almost 10 percent on the news.

The company reported earning 10 cents a share on total revenue of $180.4 million. Analysts were forecasting 8 cents after excluding certain expenses. Including those expenses, Monster posted a $1 million loss, versus breaking even a year ago.

“Our quarterly results exceeded our expectations as we continue to execute our transformative strategy while improving profitability,” said Tim Yates, president and CEO. “We are increasingly confident that our family of new strategic products are additive to our traditional core products and provide a superior competitive solution for our customers.”

Monster 2nd Q 2015North American revenue was $119.84 million for the second quarter, a decline of 5 percent over 2014. Overseas revenue posted an 11.3 percent decline. However, when adjusted for fluctuations in currency rates, the company said it showed a 3 percent increase over last year.

Monster expects third-quarter per share earnings in the range of 9 cents to 13 cents. Analysts are forecasting 9 cents on revenue of $182.6 million.

Since opening the year at $4.63 a share, Monster’s stock price has risen 43 percent as of midday in New York. Its current midday price of $6.62 is right where it was last year after the company reported its second-quarter results.

After failing to find a buyer for itself, Monster embarked on an ambitious “three pillars” strategy, which it unveiled in May last year. The strategy included aggregating jobs from all online sources, putting Monster in direct competition with industry leader and other aggregators. Another component was to introduce a pricing program to attract small employers.

Zacks, an investment research firm, says Monster’s efforts have had some success, but soft global employment, competition, and recruiters shift away from job boards to social media, and in particular to LinkedIn, have slowed the company’s progress.

LinkedIn will report its second-quarter financial results this afternoon.


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