Monster (NYSE:MWW) announced its earnings for Q1 2012, with revenue falling more than 5% year-over-year to $246 million. It also reported an operating loss of around $10.2 million. It saw lower revenue in each segment, but the International Careers businesses showed the lowest percentage decline. Expenses related to its restructuring efforts were largely responsible for the operating loss. 
2012: A make-or-break year for Monster
The year is going to be a crucial one for Monster. It faces not only a worrying employment scenario globally, but also competition from LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) and Branchout that are leveraging the power of social networks to beat its simple job search engine.
Going forward, Monster aims to focus on its core recruitment offerings and allocate more capital to marketing and advertising to drive sales. It has also seen increased client interest in its 6Sense Semantic Search, Power Resume Search and SeeMore Cloud Search technologies, and expects them to drive sales growth.
We have a $10 Trefis price estimate for Monster, which stands around 10% above its current market price. Career Services in North America and international markets account for most of its value.Notes: