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Netflix Stock Plunges 20% Following Disappointing Earnings Report

Netflix shares dropped 20% in after-hours trading Thursday following the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report, which exceeded analysts' expectations on some counts but continued a trend of declining subscriber growth.

Article originally published by Forbes. 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.

Netflix shares dropped 20% in after-hours trading Thursday following the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report, which exceeded analysts’ expectations on some counts but continued a trend of declining subscriber growth.

Key Facts

Netflix’s stock was off $101.30 to $406.95 after it reported that it added a net 8.28 million global streaming subscribers in its fourth quarter, a gain of 8.9% over the same quarter a year ago, down from a projection of 8.5 million for the quarter in October and sharply slower from a 21.9% expansion in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Netflix booked $1.33 in earnings per share, up from the consensus analyst expectation of 88 cents per Bloomberg, while revenue met the analyst expectation of $7.7 billion.

Key Background

The company benefited from the increase in the number of people staying home during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, but subscriber growth has slowed recently despite its development of record-breaking original content. Though two-thirds of Netflix’s subscribers watched Squid Game during the company’s third quarter, it only gained 4.4 million net subscribers in that span, and only 70,000 of them came from the U.S. and Canada. Last week, the company increased its subscription fees in those countries.

What To Watch For

Netflix projected a $7.9 billion increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2022, when the increase in subscription fees will be partially reflected, though existing users were given 30 days before they see an increase on their monthly bill. It expects 2.5 million new subscribers in the upcoming quarter — 1.48 million fewer than it earned in the same quarter a year prior.

Tangent

Netflix pointed out its strength on Google’s list of the most-searched terms of 2021. The streaming service owned six of the 10 most-searched shows, with Squid Game and Bridgerton holding the top two slots, as well as two of the 10 most-searched films in Red Notice and Army of the Dead.

This article was written by Mason Bissada from Forbes and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive Content Marketplace. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.


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    Article originally published by Forbes. 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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