Tuesday, April 25, 2006

After Bell Earnings

A couple of nice earnings reports from Checkfree (CKFR) and Encore (WIRE) both beating estimates. Amazon (AMZN) and Ezcorp. (EZPW) both disappointed.

From (AMZN) 36.05
(+1.41%) reported Q1 (Mar) earnings of $0.12 per share, excluding non-recurring items, in line with the Reuters Estimates consensus. Revenues rose 19.8% year/year to $2.28 bln (consensus $2.23 bln). Co issued in-line guidance, sees Q2 revenues of $2.03-2.18 bln (consensus $2.08 bln) and FY06 revenues of $9.95-10.5 bln, down from previous co guidance of $9.85-10.45 bln (consensus $10.06 bln). Co also stated that: "We are appealing a recent court decision that terminates our contract and are seeking a stay of the termination pending a decision on our appeal. While we believe we will prevail and that's claims lack merit, the timing and possible outcomes of this litigation are uncertain and possible effects of termination are not reflected in the guidance above. If we do not prevail, operating profit could be negatively impacted by as much as $50 million for the year, including by as much as $25 million for the second quarter."


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