VerticalNet shattered analysts' estimates in its first quarter Wednesday, posting a loss of $12.2 million, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $27.5 million.
First Call Corp. consensus expected the B2B services provider to lose 27 cents a share in the quarter.
Ahead of the earnings report, VerticalNet (Nasdaq: VERT) shares closed up 7/8 to 46.
The $27.5 million in sales marks a 1,320 percent surge compared to the year-ago quarter when it lost $5.3 million, or 9 cents a share, on sales of $1.9 million.
That loss exludes a one-time gain of $79.9 million, resulting from the merger of a publicly traded company and a private company in which VerticalNet was a shareholder.
"This outstanding revenue growth is the result of investments in our business and our aggressive acquisition strategy and is a terrific start to the new fiscal year," said CEO Mark Walsh in a prepared release.
Last quarter, the company topped Street estimates, losing $15.2 million, or 28 cents a share, on sales of $10 million.
Its shares scampered up to a 52-week high of 148 3/8 in March after falling to a low of 13 9/16 in June. It also split 2-for-1 earlier this month.
Sixteen of the 17 analysts covering the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."