$0.64 EPS Expected for Autohome (ATHM) This Quarter

Equities analysts expect that Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) will post earnings per share (EPS) of $0.64 for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Zero analysts have made estimates for Autohome’s earnings. Autohome posted earnings per share of $0.45 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 42.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th.

On average, analysts expect that Autohome will report full year earnings of $3.76 per share for the current year. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will report earnings of $4.62 per share. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Autohome.

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Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, March 7th. The information services provider reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $269.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $266.37 million. Autohome had a net margin of 32.35% and a return on equity of 25.51%. The firm’s revenue was down 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.55 earnings per share.

ATHM has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Autohome from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Citigroup initiated coverage on shares of Autohome in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $83.00 price objective for the company. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Autohome from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, March 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Autohome presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $73.97.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Advisor Group Inc. increased its holdings in Autohome by 100.4% in the third quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 1,826 shares of the information services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 915 shares in the last quarter. Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Autohome in the fourth quarter valued at about $224,000. Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Inc. VA purchased a new position in Autohome in the fourth quarter valued at about $200,000. Suntrust Banks Inc. purchased a new position in Autohome in the fourth quarter valued at about $216,000. Finally, Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL purchased a new position in Autohome in the third quarter valued at about $246,000. 40.81% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NYSE:ATHM traded up $0.73 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $88.21. The stock had a trading volume of 725,744 shares, compared to its average volume of 870,962. The company has a market cap of $10,080.43, a P/E ratio of 33.54 and a beta of 2.13. Autohome has a twelve month low of $28.63 and a twelve month high of $92.65.

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Autohome Company Profile

Autohome Inc operates as an online destination for automobile consumers in the People's Republic of China. The company, through its Websites, autohome.com.cn and che168.com, delivers comprehensive, independent, and interactive content to automobile buyers and owners, including company generated content, include automobile-related articles and reviews, pricing trends in various local markets, and photos and video clips; automobile library, which includes a range of specifications covering performance levels, dimensions, powertrains, vehicle bodies, interiors, safety, entertainment systems, and other unique features, as well as manufacturers' suggested retail prices; new and used automobile listings, and promotional information; and user forums and user generated content.

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