Intuit 2016 Earnings Up 12%, QuickBooks Online Subs Grow 41% with Prediction of 2 – 2.2 Million by 2017

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Intuit reported earnings August 23, 2016. Earnings were up 12% yet the guidance on future growth seemed to disappoint.

While these numbers top estimates, Intuit’s tepid revenue guidance for the current quarter sent its shares trending downward after hours.

Intuit said it expects Q1 EPS ranging from a penny a share to 3 cents a share, which falls well below analyst estimates for 13 cents a share. Revenue is expected to range from $740 to $760 million, which would also miss estimates of $772.96 million. – ZDNET

Financial Highlights

For fiscal 2016 Intuit:

  • Reported revenue of $4.7 billion, up 12 percent.
  • Increased total QuickBooks Online subscribers 41 percent, to finish the year with 1,513,000 paid subscribers.
  • Grew Consumer Tax revenue 10 percent, with TurboTax Online units growing 15 percent and total TurboTax units growing 12 percent.
  • Reported GAAP earnings per share of $3.69, versus $1.28 in fiscal 2015.
  • Reported non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.78, up 46 percent.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the current period versus the comparable prior-year period, and the business metrics and associated growth rates refer to worldwide business metrics.

Business Segment Results

Small Business

  • Total Small Business segment revenue increased 10 percent for the quarter and 9 percent for the year.
  • Small business online ecosystem revenue grew 25 percent for the year, driven by online customer acquisition.
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed subscribers ended the year at 85,000, versus 25,000 a year ago.
  • Outside the U.S., QuickBooks Online grew to 287,000 paying subscribers, up 45 percent.
  • Online payroll customers grew 17 percent for the year.
  • Online active payments customers increased 6 percent, and online payments charge volume increased 15 percent.

Some forecast highlights:

The company expects the following segment revenue results for fiscal year 2017:

  • Small Business: growth of 9 to 11 percent.
  • Consumer Tax: growth of 6 to 8 percent.
  • ProConnect: decline of 1 to 3 percent.

Intuit also announced guidance for full fiscal year 2017. The company expects:

  • Revenue of $5 billion to $5.1 billion, growth of 7 to 9 percent.
  • GAAP operating income of $1.33 billion to $1.38 billion, growth of 7 to 11 percent.
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $1.675 billion to $1.725 billion, growth of 8 to 11 percent.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.35 to $3.45, versus $3.69 in fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2016 earnings per share includes $0.65 net income per share from discontinued operations.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $4.30 to $4.40, growth of 14 to 16 percent.
  • QuickBooks Online subscribers of 2.0 million to 2.2 million

A transcript of the conference call  (PDF) can be downloaded from here.

Source: Intuit press release

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