HEAR Stock Forecast: Why This Gaming Audio Stock Is Soaring Today

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HEAR Stock Has More Upside Ahead

Turtle Beach Corp (NASDAQ:HEAR) is making headlines today, and for all the right reasons. The company reported strong selected preliminary third-quarter results on October 11, which were way ahead of its previously released guidance. This led to HEAR stock going through the roof.

The company’s sales and profits have risen significantly above the prior guidance because of growth in its industry and gains in market share. CEO Juergen Stark said that the momentum built in the first half of 2018 continued through the third quarter.

Turtle Beach now expects to post net revenue ranging between $73.0 million and $74.0 million against the previous guidance of about $65.0 million. This is an increase of 103%–106% over the last year. (Source: “Turtle Beach Reports Strong Selected Preliminary Third Quarter 2018 Results,” Turtle Beach Corporation, October 11, 2018.)

Net income is likely to range between $0.74 and $0.78 per share, in contrast to the previous guidance of $0.44 per share.

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Moreover, the adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) is expected to be approximately $17.0 million, which is more than five times the EBITDA reported in the third quarter of last year.

Turtle Beach leads in the gaming headset market and has stayed true to its mission of helping gamers play their best at every level and in every game. The company’s headsets are considered to be the best when it comes to gaming audio.

As per the company’s management, strong growth in demand for gaming headsets that had come about with the rise of the “battle royale” genre continued through the third quarter. This drew new gamers into the market and led to veteran gamers upgrading their gear and increasing the installed base of gaming headsets.

The company is upbeat about upcoming video game launches this month, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. There will likely be even more high-headset-usage games in the near future.

HEAR stock is soaring because of investor optimism surrounding the company’s business performance. HEAR stock closed the last trading session up by 4.7%.

Though there may be short-term volatility in the coming days, HEAR stock is likely to continue going higher in the future. As the following stock chart shows, HEAR stock went up by more than five times in the last year.

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The stock’s stellar performance may not be sustained in the short term, but the long-term trend for triple-digit returns remains in place.

Turtle Beach has been dominating the console gaming headset market and currently has a 45.5% revenue share year-to-date through June 2018.

Moreover, the company has held over 40% market share for the past nine consecutive years. (Source: “Global Gaming Audio Leader Turtle Beach Unveils Plans For PC Gaming Market Expansion With All-New Atlas Line Of Headsets,” Turtle Beach Corp, August 16, 2018.)

Turtle Beach management also reported the results of surveys they conducted. They indicated that, on average, gamers replace their headsets every 20 to 24 months. This will likely lead to an increased number of gaming headset users, expanding the core headset market further.

Through these strong results, the company expects to further reduce debt over time and undertake long-term growth investments. This bodes well for HEAR stock.

Analyst Take

Turtle Beach is a global leader in gaming audio, boasting award-winning gaming headsets with a focus on the PC market. The company’s product portfolio of  high-quality headsets for every level of gamer continues to perform well.

Given HEAR stock’s current performance, it is likely to continue performing well in the near future. Investors with interest in the gaming market should not ignore this opportunity.