Sea Limited (SE - Free Report) is set to release fourth-quarter 2019 results on Mar 3.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is currently pegged at $889.5 million, indicating 128.5% growth from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.
Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for loss has remained unchanged at 62 cents per share over the past 30 days.
The company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, the average positive surprise being 23.9%.
Let’s see how things have shaped up prior to this announcement.
Factors to Consider
Sea Limited’s fourth-quarter results are expected to benefit from continued popularity of its self-developed game, Free Fire.
Notably, per App Annie data, the game was among the top five most downloaded games globally and the highest grossing mobile game in Latin America and Southeast Asia in the third-quarter, and the company expects this momentum to have continued in the fourth quarter.
Moreover, the game’s growing popularity in India is expected to have contributed to the company’s top line in the to-be-reported quarter.
Further, Sea Limited partnered with Activision (ATVI - Free Report) and Tencent (TCEHY - Free Report) to launch the hugely popular Call of Duty: Mobile in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, which received strong positive reaction from gamers. This is likely to impact the company’s fourth-quarter results.
Notably, Sea Limited stated that Call of Duty: Mobile was the most downloaded mobile game on both Google Play and iOS App Store’s in October in each of the company’s markets.
The company’s e-commerce segment is likely to have benefited from the strong growth of Shopee, its online shopping platform.
Total orders on the platform increased 103% year over year to reach 321.4 million in the third quarter. The upside is likely to have continued in the to-be-reported quarter.
However, increasing operational expenses, namely general & administrative and research & development expenses, are expected to have kept margins under pressure.
What Our Model Says
According to the Zacks model, the combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here.
Sea Limited carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and has an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
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