Shares of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) were up slightly on Monday. The stock has gained 22% year-to-date. The social media company will report its fourth quarter 2022 earnings results on Tuesday, January 31, after market close. Here’s a look at what to expect:
Analysts are projecting revenue of $1.3 billion for Snap in Q4 2022 which is relatively in line with the number the company reported for the fourth quarter of 2021. In the third quarter of 2022, revenue was $1.13 billion, up 6% year-over-year. At the time of its Q3 earnings report, Snap mentioned that year-over-year revenue growth was likely to decelerate moving through Q4 and due to a decline in advertising revenue, the company estimates revenue growth to remain flat YoY in the fourth quarter.
Analysts expect EPS of $0.11 for the fourth quarter of 2022, which compares to adjusted EPS of $0.22 reported by the company in the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS was $0.08 in the third quarter of 2022.
In its Q3 earnings report, Snap said it estimates daily active users (DAUs) to reach around 375 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. This would reflect a growth of 17.5% from the year-ago quarter. In Q3, DAUs grew 19% YoY to reach 363 million.
Points to note
During the third quarter, revenue growth continued to slow down as it was impacted by a challenging macroeconomic environment, platform policy changes and increased competition. The decrease in brand-oriented advertising spend affected the company’s results during the third quarter and this trend is likely to have continued into the fourth quarter as well.
Snap continues to grow its community and during the third quarter, it saw DAUs grow across all its regions. The company is rolling out new features to increase engagement on its platform. Discover and Spotlight continue to be popular among users with the company seeing a 55% growth in total time spent watching Spotlight content during Q3.
Another growth area for Snap is augmented reality. The company continues to invest in Spectacles, its augmented reality glasses, as well as Lens Studio, Lens Engine and Lens Cloud, all of which are key to giving the company a competitive edge over the years to come.
Snap continues to face stiff competition from other social media companies with regards to user engagement as well as digital advertising. As most of its revenue comes from ads, the ad spend environment and its effect on the company’s results is a key point to watch.
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