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Spotify posts narrower loss in Q2, issues forecast

Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) reported a narrower loss in the second quarter of 2019 helped by higher revenue and lower finance costs.  Further, the music streaming services provider issued revenue guidance for the third quarter and fourth quarter of 2019.

Net loss attributable to owners of the parent was EUR76 million or EUR0.42 per share, compared to a loss of EUR394 million or EUR2.20 per share in the previous year quarter.

Total revenue jumped 31% year-over-year to EUR1.67 billion. Premium revenue climbed by 31% to EUR1.50 billion. Ad-supported revenue increased by 34% to EUR165 million.

Spotify posts narrower loss in Q2, issues forecast

For the third quarter of 2019, Spotify expects revenue in the range of EUR1.57 billion to EUR1.77 billion. Operating results are expected to come between a loss of EUR78 million and profit of EUR2 million. Total MAUs are expected to be in the range of 240 million to 245 million while total premium subscribers are expected to be 110 million to 114 million.

For the fourth quarter, the company predicts revenue in the range of EUR1.74 billion to EUR1.94 billion and operating loss in the range of EUR131 million to EUR31 million. Total MAUs are anticipated to be in the range of 250 million to 265 million and premium subscribers are projected to be 120 million to 125 million.

For the second quarter, total monthly active users (MAUs) grew by 29% year-over-year to 232 million, outperforming the high end of its 222 million to 228 million MAU guidance range. The company finished Q2 with 108 million Premium Subscribers globally, up 31% year-over-year but below the midpoint of its guidance range of 107-110 million.

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For the Premium business, average revenue per user (ARPU) was EUR4.86 in Q2, down less than 1% year-over-year. The downward pressure on ARPU continues to moderate, and Spotify continues to expect that ARPU declines through the remainder of the year will be in the low single digits.

The results’ outperformance was broad based, with most of its geographic regions growing faster than its expectations. The timing of certain global music releases yielded some incremental benefit, as did the company’s launch on PlayStation consoles across the Middle East and Latin America. The newest market India performed well and in line with expectations.

As a company, Spotify’s goal is to continually innovate by testing and learning from new product launches. During Q2, the company launched a number of new product initiatives across its major regions.

Spotify sees increased demand for podcast advertising after its recent acquisitions and continued development of owned and exclusive non-music audio content. While still relatively small, the company continues to expect fast revenue growth from podcasts through the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.

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