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Coursera (NYSE:COUR) Beats Q3 Sales Targets, Stock Jumps 15.6%

StockStory - Thu Oct 26, 2023

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Online learning platform Coursera (NYSE:COUR) reported Q3 FY2023 results exceeding Wall Street analysts' expectations, with revenue up 21.4% year on year to $165.5 million. Guidance for next quarter's revenue was also better than expected at $163 million at the midpoint, 1.12% above analysts' estimates. Turning to EPS, Coursera made a GAAP loss of $0.21 per share, improving from its loss of $0.25 per share in the same quarter last year.

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Coursera (COUR) Q3 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $165.5 million vs analyst estimates of $158.9 million (4.21% beat)
  • EPS: -$0.21 vs analyst estimates of -$0.26 (19.6% beat)
  • Revenue Guidance for Q4 2023 is $163 million at the midpoint, above analyst estimates of $161.2 million
  • Free Cash Flow of $15.6 million is up from -$11.5 million in the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 50.3%, down from 64.2% in the same quarter last year
  • Paying Users : 136 million, up 23 million year on year

“We accelerated our AI-powered translation initiative to deliver over 4,000 courses in seven languages, broadening access to the world's best educators and trusted brands for the millions of new learners coming to our platform,” said Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.

Founded by two Stanford University computer science professors, Coursera (NYSE:COUR) is an online learning platform that offers courses, specializations, and degrees from top universities and organizations around the world.

Consumer Subscription

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Sales Growth

Coursera's revenue growth over the last three years has been very strong, averaging 31.5% annually. This quarter, Coursera beat analysts' estimates and reported decent 21.4% year-on-year revenue growth.

Coursera Total Revenue

Guidance for the next quarter indicates Coursera is expecting revenue to grow 14.6% year on year to $163 million, slowing down from the 23.7% year-on-year increase it recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results, analysts covering the company were projecting sales to grow 13.5% over the next 12 months.

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Usage Growth

As a subscription-based app, Coursera generates revenue growth by expanding both its subscriber base and the amount each subscriber spends over time.

Over the last two years, Coursera's users, a key performance metric for the company, grew 22% annually to 136 million. This is strong growth for a consumer internet company.

Coursera Paying Users

In Q3, Coursera added 23 million users, translating into 20.4% year-on-year growth.

Key Takeaways from Coursera's Q3 Results

With a market capitalization of $2.59 billion, Coursera is among smaller companies, but its more than $507.2 million in cash on hand and near break-even free cash flow margins puts it in a stable financial position.

It was great to see Coursera significantly beat analysts' revenue, EPS, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow estimates this quarter. Its outperformance was driven by healthy user growth in its consumer division; the company benefitted from increased demand for newly launched entry-level Professional Certificates created by Google, IBM, and Microsoft. On top of that, Coursera recently launched the first entry-level Professional Certificate from Amazon Web Services. Things certainly seem to be pointing up for the company. Overall, this quarter's results were great and shareholders should feel optimistic. The stock is up 15.6% after reporting and currently trades at $19.85 per share.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned in this report.