LinkedIn’s Recruitment Revenue Is Double the Other Public Job Boards’

Recruitment reve q3 2015The financial juggernaut known as LinkedIn rolled on in the 3rd quarter,  growing revenue and improving earnings at a rate so unexpected the company’s stock soared up more than 12% in after hours trading today.

In a week that saw the other two publicly held careers publishers — Monster and DHI Group — post better than expected results (Monster was more mixed), LinkedIn’s 78 cents a share earnings dwarfed them both and was 32 cents ahead of even the aggressive Wall Street forecast.

Except that their phones were all muted, CEO Jeff Weiner might have heard the laughs from the analysts on the financial results call when he opened his comments saying, “Q3 was a strong quarter for LinkedIn.”

Three months ago, on a similar call reporting the results of the year’s 2nd quarter, LinkedIn forecast earning 43 cents a share on revenue of $745 million to $750 million. Revenue for the 3rd quarter turned out to be $779.6 million.

Recruitment drove the company’s gains, accounting for $502.1 million, with Lynda.com, LinkedIn’s newly acquired learning and development arm, contributing $41.3 million.

To put this in context, LinkedIn’s recruitment revenue is almost twice the combined revenue of Monster and DHI Group ($232.22 million) — and that’s without including the Lynda revenue. CareerBuilder, privately owned by a group of media companies, doesn’t report revenue or earnings.

Traditional job boards have long feared the growing dominance of LinkedIn — its membership now tops 400 million. The worry was it would lure away customers and capture significant parts of the resume search side of the business. There’s almost no doubt that is happening.

Although both Monster and DHI Group, whose flagship is the tech site Dice.com, reported per share earnings that beat the consensus of analysts’ forecasts, both saw their 3rd quarter revenue decline from the same quarter in 2014.

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DHI Group revenue declined 3.7%, largely due to a big hit in the energy sector.  The company reported earning 12 cents a share on revenue of $65.14 million. Analysts forecast the company would earn 10 cents a share.

Monster, which released its financial results this morning, reported earning 11 cents a share and revenue of $167.1 million for the quarter. Analysts predicted it would earn 10 cents a share on revenue of $176.53 million. The quarter was a sharp 7% cut from the prior year, with some of the decline due to currency exchange rates.

The company’s stock took a beating, dropping 13.9% ($1.02) largely due to its cautious 4th quarter outlook. Monster predicts it will earn between 10 and 14 cents a share. Analysts were looking for 13 cents a share.

“Revenue was essentially flat as stronger than anticipated results from Europe were offset by weaker than expected results in North America,” said CEO Tim Yates.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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