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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Q1 Earnings Preview

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) will report its first quarter results on Tuesday, April 15 after the market close. The Sunnyvale, California-based company will hold a conference call at 5:00 p.m. EDT the same day. Analysts expect Yahoo’s Q1 earnings to remain almost unchanged at $1.08 billion, compared to $1.07 billion in the same quarter last year. However, revenues are expected to decline from 38 cents to 37 cents YoY.

Yahoo’s associate businesses to keep growing rapidly

In Q4 of 2013, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s revenues fell 2% YoY to $2 billion. However, its non-GAAP net income was up 17% to $482 million. For the first quarter of 2014, the company expected $1.06-$1.10 billion in revenues and adjusted EBITDA of $290-$330 million. Analysts will be closely watching the revenues for display ads and search revenues, which have been declining. Yahoo is trying to boost growth by delivering content on its mobile platform.

Research firm Trefis says that Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s associate businesses (Alibaba and Yahoo! Japan) will continue to witness strong growth. The digital media company said last week that it will enter TV programming business. The company has intensified its efforts to build a solid repository of original programming. As a result, the company stands to profit from advertising as well as licensing. What’s more, Yahoo is going to launch its own video hosting website to challenge YouTube.

Will Yahoo buy NDN?

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is also reportedly in talks to acquire News Distribution Network for $300 million. NDN has more than 573 million monthly active users. NDN will strengthen Yahoo’s local efforts. It has a repository of more than 100,000 videos. The company generates revenues by running ads, just like YouTube. It distributes local news content from across the country. The Sunnyvale-based company’s local efforts are underserved, but NDN can change that.

During this earnings call, investors are looking to know Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s strategy to leverage its web properties to monetize the video offerings.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) shares jumped 1.40% to $33.33 in pre-market trading Monday.