Youku Shares Jump as Q2 Loss Beats Estimates

by Christopher Freeburn | August 6, 2012 12:43 pm

China’s answer to Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG[1]) YouTube, Youku (NYSE:YOKU[2]) reported a loss of $9.9 million during the second-quarter[3], almost double the $4.3 million loss it recorded during the same period last year.

Revenue, however, also roughly doubled to $61 million, up 96% from last year. That matched company estimates of revenue growth between 90% and 100% over 2011.

EPS for the quarter showed a loss of 9 cents. But that was better than the 14 cents that Wall Street expected, the Wall Street Journal noted.

The company forecasts revenue to grow between 70% and 80% during the current quarter.

Investors liked the news and sent shares of Youku up more than 8% in Monday mid-day trading in New York.

Youku has moved to shake off a reputation as a distributor of pirated media content. The company has signed deals to legally carry licensed content and recently acquired a competitor for $846 million, making it the largest Chinese streaming video vendor.

Endnotes:
  1. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  2. YOKU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=YOKU
  3. during the second-quarter: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120806-704679.html

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