Twitter shares plummeted 14 percent pre-market Friday after the company reported a decline in monthly active users and weak guidance.
Twitter reported second-quarter earnings before the bell on Friday:
- Earnings per share: 17 cents vs. 17 cents, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
- Revenue: $711 million vs. $696.2 million, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
- Monthly active users (MAUs): 335 million vs. 338.5 million, according to StreetAccount and FactSet estimate
Shares were down as much as 18 percent when the report was released.
The company issued weak guidance as well, with adjusted EBITDA between $215 million and $235 million. The full year projections declined compared to last quarter’s estimates, with stock-based compensation expenses ranging from $300 million to $350 million as opposed to $350 million to $450 million projected last quarter. It also updated its capital expenditures rates for the year from $450 million and $500 million estimated last quarter to now $375 million and $450 million.
Last quarter, Twitter reported 336 million monthly active users. The platform blamed not moving to paid SMS carrier relationships, making changes to improve the “health” of the platform and some impact from GDPR, a set of regulations in the European Union intended to protect consumer data. Twitter also removed about 70 million accounts in May and June, however, Twitter chief financial officer Ned Segal said most of those were not included in its reported metrics because they were not active on the platform for 30 days or more.
The company also recently purged fake accounts, but those changes occurred after the close of the second quarter so it’s unlikely to have affected MAUs this report.
Daily active users grew 11 percent, but the company did not break out the exact number.
Twitter revenue grew 24 percent year-over-year, with strong advertising gains. Advertising revenue was at $601 million, an increase of 23 percent year over year. The company also grew its data licensing and other revenue business, which was up 29 percent year over year.