Mark Your Calendar: Netflix Inc. Earnings

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While Netflix's contribution margin for its international segment will likely continue to be negative throughout the next few years as the company spends heavily on expansion, Netflix is showing the strength of its business model in the U.S. recently by rapidly increasing its contribution margin for the segment. The company predicts its U.S. streaming segment will report a record-high contribution margin of 30.1% in Q1, up significantly from its 23.4% contribution margin in the year-ago quarter.

Netflix said in its fourth-quarter letter to shareholders that this trend will continue throughout the year and in the long-term.

We have built in flexibility to our business model in terms of how quickly we grow content and marketing spend, so we intend to keep US contribution margins growing even with lower membership growth. This year we plan to increase US contribution margins from 30% in Q1 to about 32% in Q1 2016 to about 34% in Q1 2017, etc. We'll reevaluate the margin progression model again in early 2020 when we hopefully achieve 40% contribution margins.

Overall, investors will be looking for signs that Netflix' member growth isn't stagnating and for evidence the company is still heading toward higher levels of profitability.

Netflix earnings release will go live shortly after market close on Wednesday, April 15. Stay tuned at The Motley Fool for more pre-Netflix earnings coverage as well as Foolish post-earnings analysis.

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