Why Shares of TrueCar Jumped 18% on Friday Morning

What happened

Shares of online car-buying service TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) surged on Friday morning. As of 11:45 a.m. EDT, TrueCar's stock was trading up over 18% from Thursday's close.

So what

TrueCar reported its third-quarter earnings after the market closed on Thursday, and investors liked what they saw.The company's adjusted loss of $0.01 per share was well ahead of the average $0.06-per-share loss expected by Wall Street analysts.

Image source: TrueCar.

Looking a little deeper, there were several signs that CEO Chip Perry, who joined the company after a management upheaval late last year, has TrueCar's business headed in a good direction.

  • Revenue grew 4% to $75.1 million, a record.
  • TrueCar users bought 220,633 vehicles via the service in the third quarter, up 6.1%.
  • TrueCar now has 10,759 new-car "franchise dealer" partners, up 24%.
  • Acquisition cost per sale was an average $180 in the quarter, down 8% from a year ago.
  • There were 7.6 million average monthly unique visitors to TrueCar's site, up 15% from a year ago.
  • Adjusted EBITDA rose to $5.8 million, more than double its year-ago result, with a 7.7% margin.

Now what

TrueCar guided to a strong finish to 2016. It expects fourth-quarter revenue, vehicles bought via the service, and adjusted EBITA all to come in well ahead of year-ago results.

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