H&R Block Inc. (NASDAQ: HRB) experienced a significant surge in its share price during after-hours trading on Tuesday. This followed the release of the tax-preparation company's earnings report, which not only surpassed Wall Street expectations but also included an optimistic forecast for the future. Furthermore, H&R Block announced an increase in its dividend, further bolstering investor confidence.
Impressive Financial Performance
H&R Block's fourth-quarter net income reached an impressive $302.3 million, equivalent to $1.96 per share. This represents a significant improvement compared to the previous year's fourth-quarter net income of $222.7 million, or $1.36 per share. When adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expenses and other items, the company's earnings for the quarter were reported as $2.05 per share, a notable increase from the previous year's $1.43 per share.
Despite a slight decline in revenue, which fell from $1.05 billion in the year-ago quarter to $1.03 billion in the most recent quarter, H&R Block's performance exceeded expectations. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected earnings of $1.88 per share on revenue of $1.01 billion, underestimating the company's actual performance.
Promising Future Outlook
The company's optimistic outlook for the coming year further fueled investor enthusiasm. H&R Block foresees full-year earnings ranging from $4.10 to $4.30 per share, with revenue expected to be between $3.53 billion and $3.59 billion. Financial analysts had previously estimated earnings of $3.72 per share on revenue of $3.45 billion for the same period, indicating a more favorable outlook than originally predicted.
In addition to its impressive financial results and positive forecast, H&R Block's board of directors has approved a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend. Thus, shareholders of record as of September 7 can look forward to receiving a dividend of 32 cents per share on October 4.
The market responded positively to H&R Block's strong performance, with the company's shares rallying as much as 7% during after-hours trading. This upswing followed a 0.5% gain in the regular session, where the stock closed at $35.35.
H&R Block continues to establish itself as a formidable player in the tax-preparation industry, impressing investors with its robust earnings and growth prospects.
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