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2U (TWOU) Reports Earnings Tomorrow. What To Expect

StockStory - Sun Feb 11, 1:01AM CST

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Online education platform, 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) will be announcing earnings results tomorrow after market close. Here's what investors should know.

Last quarter 2U reported revenues of $229.7 million, down 1.1% year on year, beating analyst revenue expectations by 2.5%. It was a decent quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its gross margin but full-year revenue guidance missing analysts' expectations.

Is 2U buy or sell heading into the earnings? Read our full analysis here, it's free.

This quarter analysts are expecting 2U's revenue to grow 19.2% year on year to $281.4 million, improving on the 3.1% year-over-year decline in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings are expected to come in at $0.64 per share.

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Majority of analysts covering the company have reconfirmed their estimates over the last thirty days, suggesting they are expecting the business to stay the course heading into the earnings. The company missed Wall St's revenue estimates three times over the last two years.

Looking at 2U's peers in the vertical software segment, some of them have already reported Q4 earnings results, giving us a hint of what we can expect. Agilysys delivered top-line growth of 21.3% year on year, beating analyst estimates by 0.8% and PTC reported revenues up 18.1% year on year, exceeding estimates by 2.3%. Both stocks (Agilysys and PTC) traded flat on the results. 

Read our full analysis of Agilysys's results here and PTC's results here.

There has been positive sentiment among investors in the vertical software segment, with the stocks up on average 8.2% over the last month. 2U is down 9.9% during the same time, and is heading into the earnings with analyst price target of $3.8, compared to share price of $0.79.

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