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Snapchat maker Snap Inc posts upbeat Q1 2019 earnings

Snapchat’s parent firm Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) announced its first-quarter 2019 earnings results on Tuesday after the closing bell. Revenue soared 39% to $320.4 million, while net loss shrunk 20% to $310.4 million.

Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders came down by 24% in the quarter to 23 cents per share. Non-GAAP net loss shrunk 44% to 10 cents per diluted share.

Analysts estimated the social media company to post a loss of 12 cents a share on estimated revenue of $306 million. Both metrics beat consensus estimates.

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For the quarter, adjusted EBITDA was recorded as a loss of $123.5 million, smaller by 43% from a year ago.

Daily Active Users, a major metric for the company, remained almost flat year-over-year at $190 million for the quarter. However, it was a slight increase from $184 million that was recorded a quarter ago.

By March, Snapchat claimed it reached “90% of all 13-24 year-olds and 75% of all 13-34 year-olds in the U.S.” In a bid to add more users who are focused on speed, Snapchat’s latest Android app is 25% smaller, opens 20% faster on average, “and is modularized for more efficient ongoing innovation,” according to a statement by the company.

Despite a challenging past year for its major offering—Snapchat—2019 had so far gone well for SNAP with the stock more than doubling since the beginning of this year. Last week on Thursday, analyst firm Wedbush Securities downgraded SNAP to Neutral, while Vertical Group pulled the stock rating down to Negative. However, the majority of analysts covering SNAP recommend to HOLD the stock.

Snapchat maker posts upbeat first-quarter results — Snap Inc (SNAP) Q1 2019 Earnings Infographic

As Snap Inc posted its results, the company was also trying to prove a point by overcoming what 2018 was for the company. Last year, SNAP stock lost 63% of its value. A new redesign did not impress, and it shed daily active users. Finally, it culminated in the exit of then-CFO Tim Stone in January 2019.

For the second quarter of 2019, Snap Inc now expects revenue between $335 million and $360 million, up 28-37% year-over-year. For the upcoming quarter, adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between a loss of $125 million and $150 million.

SNAP’s peer Twitter (TWTR) reported upbeat Q1 earnings and revenue growth earlier today on stable growth in daily active users—driving the microblogging platform’s stock higher in the pre-market trading on Tuesday. Instagram’s parent company and tech giant Facebook (FB) will be reporting its quarterly results on Wednesday.


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