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Snap crushes analysts' Q3 revenue expectations, sending its stock soaring (SNAP)

Snap's third quarter has historically been successful.

Article originally published by Business Insider. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

Snap's revenue for Q3 blew away analysts' expectations and sent its stock booming in after-hours trading late Tuesday.

Snapchat's parent company said it generated $678.7 million in revenue in the third quarter, up by 52% year-on-year. The reported revenue beat Wall Street analysts' consensus by more than $100 million.

In after-hours trading, Snap's stock shot up more than 20%.

Here are the key numbers, as well as the average analyst estimates, via Bloomberg:

  • Revenue: $678.7 million, up 52% year-on-year (vs $559.2 million estimate)
  • Daily Active Users: 249 million, up 18% year-on-year (vs 244.6 million estimate)
  • Earnings Per Share (adjusted): 1 cent (vs estimated loss of 5 cents)

Snap's third quarter has historically been successful: Last year, the company saw a 50% increase in revenue and 13% increase in DAUs. In a call with investors Tuesday night, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said the company reported year-over-year Q3 growth rates for both revenue and daily active users that are higher than they've been since 2017.

The jump in revenue growth by Snap could signal optimism for the rest of the tech industry as it continues to stymie the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Snap's third-quarter earnings come more than a week before tech giants like Facebook and Google release their own.

Like many tech companies, Snap relies on revenue from brands, whose pandemic-related financial slowdowns were expected to have a domino effect on ad buyers. However, digital ad spending has since started to trend back up across the board, boosting the revenue of social networks like Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Further, social-distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders have helped to boost consumer tech's usage numbers. Snap added 39 million DAUs globally, marking 18% growth year-over-year.

The biggest uptick in DAUs came in Snap's international presence outside of North America and Europe. Snap saw 43% year-over-year growth in "rest of world," the term it uses for its presence in countries like India, Brazil, and the Phillipines. However, the company is still struggling to monetize those new users in emerging markets: Snap reported in Q3 a 6% decrease in average revenue per user.

Snap again declined to provide financial guidance on its estimates for Q4 due to "given the uncertainties related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly shifting macro conditions." In Tuesday night's call, Snap chief financial officer Derek Andersen said the company expected percentage growth in both revenue and DAUs in Q4 similar to that it reported this quarter.

Looking forward, the company is in the process of rolling out its one of its biggest format changes. The company unveiled at its Snap Partner Summit in June that it was adding a navigation bar to help Snapchat users easier find and access the deluge of features added to the app. Spiegel disclosed Tuesday that the navigation-bar update is the first time the company has "prototyped and launched" a redesign first on Android — a userbase the company notoriously alienated with a Snapchat app known for frequent crashing and poor camera quality. Snap released its overdue revamp to its Android app last year.


This article was written by Paige Leskin from Business Insider and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

Article originally published by Business Insider. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

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