Roku Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) beat revenue estimates and reported a narrower-than-expected loss for the fourth quarter of 2019, sending the stock climbing over 6% in aftermarket hours on Thursday.
Total revenues jumped 49% to $411.2 million, smashing forecasts of $392 million.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $15.7 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to a net income of $6.7 million, or $0.05 per share, last year. Analysts had projected a loss of $0.14 per share.
Active accounts grew 36% during the quarter. Player units increased 33% due to strong holiday sales and retail execution. The company also saw an increase in platform monetization with a 29% growth in ARPU, helped by growth in video advertising impressions across the platform.
For the first quarter of 2020, Roku expects total revenue of $300-310 million and net loss of $55-60 million. For the full year of 2020, the company expects total revenue of $1.58 billion to $1.62 billion and net loss of $160-180 million.
The company continues to face immense competition in the TV streaming space from the giants Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). Also, the penetration of new and growing companies in the market could turn fatal for Roku during this year. Meanwhile, market experts fear that a change in users’ habits could decelerate the subscribers’ growth rate in the future.
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