- Twitter on Wednesday reported its second profitable quarter in a row, with first-quarter revenue jumping 21% year-over-year to $ 665 million.
- The company beat Wall Street’s expectations.
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a “strong start” to the year.
Twitter on Wednesday reported its second profitable quarter in a row as its first-quarter 2018 earnings beat Wall Street expectations.
Revenue hit $US665 million (£477 million) in the first three months of 2018, a 21% increase on the same period last year. Monthly active users averaged 336 million for the quarter, an increase of 3% year-over-year.
The company’s net income was $US61 million, marking its second month of profitability. It is a turnaround from the loss of $US62 million in the first three months of 2017.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a “strong start” to 2018. Twitter shares were up as high as 14% after the company published its earnings. Follow Twitter on Markets Insider.
Below are the key numbers in Twitter’s Q1 earnings:
- Earnings per share (adjusted): $US0.16
- Revenue: $US665 million
- EBITDA: $US244 million
- Monthly active users: 336 million
Here were the Wall Street analyst predictions seen by Business Insider:
- Earnings per share (adjusted): $US0.10 to $US0.12
- Revenue: $US603 million to $US612 million
- EBITDA: $US203 million to $US214 million
- Monthly active users: 332 million to 346 million
Twitter’s daily active users increased 10% year-on-year, marking a sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Daily active users were up 12% in the fourth quarter of last year. Twitter still won’t reveal exactly how many daily users it has.
The company posted advertising revenue of $US575 million, up 21% on the first quarter of 2017. It said video had begun to account for more than half of its ad revenue and was the fastest-growing format in Q1.
“We grew our audience and engagement,” Dorsey said, “marking another quarter of double-digit year-over-year DAU growth, and continued our work to make it easier to follow topics, interests, and events on Twitter.”
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