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Earnings preview: What to expect from Square Q1 results?

Square (NYSE: SQ) is scheduled to report its earnings results for the first quarter of 2019 on Wednesday after the market closes. The results will be benefited by acquisition accumulation, enhancement of bitcoin space presence, strong gross payment volume growth, and robust cash app.

The company, with the support of key offerings and comprehensive commerce ecosystem, could continue the growth of its seller base. This along with the increasing adoption of Square Card could accelerate gross payment volume (GPV) growth for the first quarter. GPV is the most vital metric to gauge the performance of the payment processor.

Square will also stand beneficial from the growing mobile initiatives after the launch of its in-app payments software development kit. This will enable developers to process payments with Square through their own mobile apps. The company’s bitcoin revenue will continue to be benefited by the well-performing CashApp.

Square Retail point of sale counter
Image Courtesy: Square Inc.

Analysts expect the company’s earnings to climb by 33.30% to $0.08 per share and revenue to jump by 55.90% to $478.26 million for the first quarter. In comparison, during the previous year quarter, the company reported a profit of $0.06 per share on revenue of $306.82 million.

Square has surprised investors by beating analysts’ expectations in the three out of the past four quarters. Traders believed the company to report upbeat results for the first quarter. Majority of the analysts recommended a “strong buy” or “buy” rating while expecting the stock to reach $83.33 per share in the next 52 weeks.

For the fourth quarter, Square reported a wider loss due to higher costs and expenses. Total net revenue soared by 51% year-over-year helped by a 27% jump in transaction-based revenue and a 144% growth in subscription and services-based revenue. GPV for the quarter was 23% higher at $28 billion. Subscriptions and services-based revenue were primarily driven by Instant Deposit, Cash Card, Caviar and Square Capital offerings.

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For the first quarter, the company had expected total net revenues in the range of $918 million to $938 million and net loss in the range of $0.12 to $0.10 per share. Adjusted earnings were anticipated to be in the range of $0.06 to $0.08 per share.

For the full year 2019, Square had predicted total net revenues in the range of $2.22 billion to $2.25 billion and adjusted earnings in the range of $0.74 to $0.78 per share. Net loss was projected to be in the range of $0.05 to $0.01 per share for the full year.

Shares of Square opened lower on Tuesday but changed course to the green territory. The stock has risen over 53% in the past year and over 6% in the past three months.

 

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