Time to Buy Netflix? Not So Fast

Time to Buy Netflix? Not So Fast

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All eyes were on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) earlier this week ahead of its earnings release on Tuesday after the market close.

The analyst community was calling for earnings of $2.96 per share on revenue of $8.0 billion and for a 1.9 million drop in paid subscriber. This follows the 200,000 paying subscribers Netflix lost in the first quarter and its guidance for a two million loss in the second quarter.

The reason for the drop?

Experts cite inflation and competition from services like The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE:DIS) Disney+ are to blame.

And competitors are closing in:

But the fact is, while other streamers are catching up, Netflix still holds a big piece of the pie. With a cheaper ad-supported level in addition to a crackdown on password sharing, Netflix hopes to regain its dominance.

So, in today’s Market360 we’re going to take a look at Netflix’s second-quarter earnings… and I’ll share whether or not it’s time to buy…

Not As Bad As Expected…

Netflix saw a drop of 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter – better than Netflix’s own guidance for a 2 million loss and analysts’ expectations for a 1.9 million loss.

For the quarter, Netflix reported adjusted earnings of $3.20 per share on revenue of $7.97 billion, or 7.7% year-over-year earnings growth and 8.6% year-over-year revenue growth. So, Netflix topped earnings expectations but fell slightly short of revenue estimates.

For the third quarter, company management anticipates earnings will decline 34% year-over-year to $2.14 per share. Revenue is expected to increase 4.7% year-over-year to $7.84 billion. This is below analysts’ estimates for third-quarter earnings of $2.75 per share and revenue of $8.1 billion.

However, investors were pleased with the report, driving Netflix shares up 7% on Wednesday to close above $216 per share.

I should also add that before earnings, Netflix announced a partnership with Microsoft Inc. (NASDAQ:MFST) to launch its cheaper ad-supported plan early next year.

Company management commented:

We’ll likely start in a handful of markets where advertising spend is significant. Like most of our new initiatives, our intention is to roll it out, listen and learn, and iterate quickly to improve the offering. So, our advertising business in a few years will likely look quite different than what it looks like on day one.

Netflix also noted, as reported by CNBC, that it is in the early stages of a paid sharing plan. The plan would upcharge some members for sharing their subscription with family members or friends that live outside their home.

But that is not all Netflix is doing; they are also going all-in on content. They want to recreate the Stranger Things magic it’s seen. Stranger Things’s fourth season premiere was a record for the company, with 286.7 million hours streamed. It also ranked No. 1 in 93 countries. For the full season, total viewership hit 1.15 billion hours within 28 days since the fourth season first premiered on May 27.

The company says it expects to see a return to subscriber growth in the third quarter, forecasting one million new paying subscribers.

During the conference call Tuesday, co-CEO Reed Hastings said:

Losing a million [subscribers] and calling it success is tough, but really, we’re set up very well for the next year. If there was a single thing [that boosted performance], we might say Stranger Things. We’re executing really well on the content side. We’re [also] in a position of strength given our $30 billion-plus in revenue, $6 billion in operating profit last year, growing free cash flow and a strong balance sheet.

So, with better-than-expected earnings, is it time to pick up shares of Netflix?

Let’s see what Portfolio Grader has to say.

Netflix Isn’t A Buy, Yet

Netflix currently sports a “D” grade in Portfolio Grader. This means NFLX is not a buy, in fact, if you own it, it’s time to sell (if you haven’t already).

In fact, if you had followed Portfolio Grader, you would have sold NFLX before its disastrous first-quarter earnings report… when shares started to suffer:

While the stock staged a solid post-earnings rally, the fact of the matter is it has no earnings momentum – as evidenced by the expected earnings of just $2.14 per share in the third quarter – and revenue growth is also not much to get excited about. I should also add that even with the 7% pop, Netflix shares are still down more than 60% year-to-date.

That’s not to say that it won’t make a turnaround in the future. As I mentioned, they still have a large market share.

And lined up against its competitors, NFLX isn’t the worst:

But I still wouldn’t buy at these levels. As you can see, streamers on the whole are hurting.

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Louis Navellier
Louis Navellier, Market 360

The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Microsoft Inc. (MFST)

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