Twitter post solid Q1 results but outlook sinks stock
Like its bigger tech peers, Twitter posted stronger-than-expected results for the first quarter on Thursday
The San Francisco-based company earned $68 million, or 8 cents per share, in the January-March period. That’s up from a loss of $8.4 million, or 1 cent per share, a year earlier.
Revenue grew 28% to $1.04 billion. Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 2 cents per share on revenue of $1.03 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.
Twitter had 199 million daily users, on average, in the third quarter, up 20% year-over-year and slightly below the 200 million that analysts were expecting.
Twitter does not disclose monthly user figures.
Twitter said it expects revenue between $980 million and $1.08 billion for the second quarter. The midpoint of that is below analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion.
Twitter’s stock fell $5.81, or 8.9%, to $59.28 in after-hours trading.
This story has been corrected to use a comparable FactSet estimate of a two cent per share loss, according to generally accepted accounting principles.