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Twitter Reports Slowest Quarterly Revenue Growth, Shares Slump

Buyers hammered Twitter Inc on Thursday after the social community reported its slowest quarterly income progress since going public in 2013, struggling to draw advertisers amid intense competitors from Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Fb Inc.

The corporate’s shares fell as a lot as 10 percent to $16.81 in premarket buying and selling.

Income grew simply 1 % to $717.2 million, lacking analysts’ common estimate of $740.1 million, based on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Income from promoting declined year-over-year to $638 million, and the corporate warned that advert income progress would proceed to lag viewers progress throughout 2017.

“Promoting income progress could also be additional impacted by escalating competitors for digital advert spending and Twitter’s re-evaluation of its income product characteristic portfolio, which might end result within the de-emphasis of sure product options,” the corporate mentioned.

The outcomes present advertisers are shifting to Fb, mentioned Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst. Fb mentioned final week its income soared $3 billion from a yr earlier.

“There is not a progress story right here,” Pachter mentioned of Twitter.

“I do not assume they’ll develop income with out displaying consumer progress,” he mentioned. “They should persuade advertisers that they may attain an increasing viewers, or they may have hassle competing for brand spanking new income .”

Twitter’s web loss widened to $167.1 million, or 23 cents per share, within the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $90.24 million, or 13 cents per share, a year earlier.

The corporate’s adjusted revenue, nevertheless, beat sharply lowered estimates.

“Whereas income progress continues to lag viewers progress, we’re making use of the identical targeted strategy that drove viewers progress to our income product portfolio,” Chief Executive Jack Dorsey mentioned in a press release. “This can take time, however we’re transferring quick to indicate outcomes.”

Excluding objects, the corporate earned 16 cents per share within the fourth quarter, beating the common estimate of 12 cents per share.

San Francisco-based Twitter was abuzz with takeover chatter final yr involving massive names akin to Salesforce.com Inc and Walt Disney Co. That hypothesis dissipated amid an absence of concrete gives.

Twitter was additionally hit by a string of government departures in 2016, together with in its merchandise crew, which had three heads in lower than a yr.

Dorsey was upbeat about viewers tendencies, saying in his assertion the corporate noticed “robust progress persevering with” in future each day energetic utilization.

The consumer base elevated four % within the fourth quarter to 319 million common month-to-month energetic customers, Twitter mentioned.

Analysts on common had anticipated 319.6 million month-to-month energetic customers, based on market analysis agency FactSet StreetAccount.

Twitter’s consumer progress benefited from social media frenzy regarding the U.S. presidential election in addition to the rising follower base of President Donald Trump, who has 24.three listed followers on the community.

Trump has been utilizing Twitter to air his views, bypassing conventional media shops.

“The stunning half is that the Trump impact was zero. Their progress truly slowed throughout the quarter,” Pachter mentioned.

Twitter has upgraded its choices with a number of new options, together with reside video broadcasts from its app.

“Whereas none of them will seemingly materially change Twitter’s consumer/utilization progress, these product improvements are a optimistic step,” RBC Capital Markets analysts wrote in a pre-earnings observe.

Restructuring fees within the newest quarter ballooned to $101.2 million from $12.9 million a yr earlier.

Twitter mentioned in October it could reduce 9 % of its world workforce as a part of a broader restructuring.

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