Groupon ‘Not a Disaster,’ Henry Blodget Proclaims

Groupon's performance isn't nearly as bad as its stock suggests, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget said Wednesday on CNBC.

"The real problem in the business right now is Europe. It's imploding," he said on "Fast Money." "Now the whole thing is collapsing, but the U.S. is doing OK. So the core business is doing all right."

At a Business Insider conference, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason defended his leadership of the company, touting the company's strong sales growth and positive balance sheet.

Blodget supported those arguments.

"This is a 3-year-old company. It's doing $2½ billion of revenues and $6 billion of total gross merchandise sales, and it's profitable," he said. "That's not a disaster."

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Groupon also broke out of the daily deals field and "killed" its competitors, he added.

Blodget also saw potential in Yahoo, his former employer.

"Yahoo has a huge asset, which is 700 million people," he said. "They should be able to build a good business out of that."

Blodget also sounded optimistic about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

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"I hope with Marissa at the helm — she's doing a great job so far — we can build value in that business," he said.

Facebook could be a turnaround story, following its foundering stock action, Blodget said.

"The new mobile ads seem to be working,"he said, cautioning that shares were trading upward of 40 times earnings. "I still think the stock is expensive."

Written by Bruno J. Navarro, Producer.

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