|Today's results confirm what many have suspected: |
This is a stock with growth in poor revenue generating areas, problematic expansion potential, combined with an inability to control costs.
With regard to mobility, Pandora touts lots of metrics about increasing mobile growth, but only earns one-third as much off mobile as it does off of desktop (although it likes to frame this as an "opportunity"). Meanwhile costs per song played are the same regardless of whether it is mobile or desktop. For those in the USA, you may not be aware that Pandora is not available everywhere else e.g. Canada due to an inability to come to licensing terms for songs. According to it's own documents, in the U.S. Pandora has projected increasing costs on a yearly basis as the amount it will have to pay for each song played will increase by a penny per year e.g. 11 cents to 12 cents, then 13 cents, 14 cents, and 15 cents. These would be substantial cost increases for any company with substantial revenue growth , but are basically unsustainable for this company.
Looking at insider activity, it not that hard to discern what insiders think of the company prospects (sell). One can argue that some are just taking advantage of awarded options, however, the anemic number of insider buys speaks volumes.
The 50% miss in earnings (-3 cents vs. -2 cents) is based on revised downward projections from last year. This does not bode well, and I think investors would be well advised to be wary of all the bullish analyst projections.