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United Online Delivers Mixed Results

United Online Inc. beat analyst estimates on revenue for the fourth quarter but fell short on earnings. The Woodland Hills Internet service provider and social media website operator reported net income of $4.3 million (32 cents a share) for the quarter ending Dec. 31 compared with $1.6 million (12 cents) in the same period a year earlier. Revenue fell 5 percent to $62.6 million. Analysts estimated earnings of 47 cents on revenue of $59.2 million, according to Thomson Financial Network. In November, United Online spun off its FTD floral and gifts business into a separate publicly traded company. With that completed, United Online can concentrate on strategies to return it to growth, said President and Chief Executive Francis Lobo. “Priorities in 2014 include optimizing our existing businesses, expanding new product development efforts to drive new revenue growth, and pursuing new strategic alliances and other opportunities to expand our scope and reach,” Lobo said in a prepared statement. Shares in United Online closed down 33 cents, or nearly 3 percent, to $11.03 on the Nasdaq.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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