Global Sources Lowers First Half Guidance
Last week, NASDAQ-listed B2B media company Global Sources released an update on its first half revenue forecast.
Revenue forecast has been revised down from the previous range of US$108 million to US$110 million to the range of US$104 million to US$106 million. Company management also expects EPS to drop from the range of US$0.36 to US$0.38, to the range of US$0.31 to US$0.34.
Merle A. Hinrichs, executive chairman of Global Sources, said “Our customers have become increasingly conservative with their marketing budgets and as such we are now revising our revenue and net income expectations for the first half of 2012. It has become clear that exporters are reacting to the slowdown in exports and the uncertainty in the global economy. In addition to the soft demand from the United States and the European Union, we have also been affected by the political situation in the Middle East, where we now expect significantly less exhibitors for our May shows in Dubai. As such, we anticipate less than expected revenue for the first half of 2012.”