Why Vipshop (VIPS) Stock Is Up After-Hours Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Vipshop (VIPS) was gaining 9.7% to $164.50 in after-hours trading Wednesday after beating analysts' expectations for earnings and revenue in the first quarter.

For the first quarter Vipshop reported earnings of 63 cents a share, beating the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 46 cents a share by 17 cents. Revenue grew 125.9% from the year-ago quarter to $701.9 million. Analysts expected revenue of $650.5 million for the quarter.

"We are very excited to report robust first quarter 2014 financial results, which reflect our continued strong growth momentum and increasing operational efficiencies, evidenced by 125.9% year-over-year growth in net revenues and incremental gross margin expansion to 24.9%," Vipshop chairman and CEO Eric Shen said in a press release. "As the integration of our strategic acquisition of Lefeng commences, we expect to benefit from synergies associated with streamlining our comprehensive cosmetics offerings and cross selling to our customer bases and lowering our combined operating expenses."

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VIPSHOP HOLDINGS LTD -ADR as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VIPSHOP HOLDINGS LTD -ADR (VIPS) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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