Despite beating analysts' estimates for the third quarter, CSG Systems
International Inc.'s stock sank to a new 52-week low Tuesday.
The reason: CSG said 2002 results would not meet analysts' expectations.
CSG, which provides billing services to cable operators, said in a conference
call Monday after market close that cable consolidation has hurt the
decision-making process for buying CSG's services.
In the third quarter, earnings rose 26 percent to $29.6 million, or 54 cents
per share, beating analysts' consensus estimates by a penny. Revenue rose 22
percent to $124.4 million and cash flow rose 24 percent to $52.3 million.
Investors focused on the year-end and 2002 estimates, sending CSG stock into
a tailspin Tuesday. The stock closed at $31.76 per share, down $7.44 (19
CSG's previous 52-week low was $35.02.
CSG chairman and CEO Neal Hansen told analysts on a conference call that
although the company was reiterating 2001 guidance, it would come in at the low
end of those estimates.
CSG had estimated yearly revenue of $475 million to $495 million. Earnings
per share would remain unchanged at $2.04.
That prompted at least two analysts to revise ratings, with UBS Warburg LLC
and Credit Suisse First Boston lowering earnings estimates for CSG