Snap reports a ‘challenging’ quarter but the stock still rises

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CEO of Snap Inc. Evan Spiegel walks to a morning session at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 07, 2021 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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Snap missed Wall Street expectations for profit and sales, and forecast disappointing revenue growth in the current quarter, when it reported first-quarter results on Thursday. However, daily users grew 18% annually, more than expected.

The stock dropped 6% in extended trading.

Here are the key numbers:

  • Earnings per share: A loss of 2 cents versus expected earnings of 1 cent, according to a Refinitiv survey of analysts
  • Revenue: $1.06 billion versus expectations of $1.07 billion expected, according to Refinitiv
  • Global Daily Active Users (DAUs): 332 million versus 330 million expected, according to StreetAccount, up 18% year-over-year
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU): $3.20 versus $3.25 expected, according to StreetAccount, up 16.8% year-over-year

“The first quarter of 2022 proved more challenging than we had expected,” Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said in a prepared statement.

Spiegel blamed some of Snap’s issues during the quarter on macroeconomic conditions, including advertisers who paused their campaigns after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Snap said it expected June quarter revenue to rise between 20% and 25%, lower than Wall Street’s estimate of 28%. It forecasts daily users at about 344 million, ahead of expectations of 341.4 million.

The company said it estimates adjusted EBITDA to fall between breakeven and $50 million in the second quarter.

Although the company’s overall revenue increased 38% year-over-year, Snap reported a bigger net loss and less free cash flow on an annual basis during the quarter ended in March.

Snap CFO Derek Andersen said that other conditions affecting advertising customers include supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, inflation, and the impact of rising interest rates.

Snap could continue to face a challenging operating environment that leads customers to pause their campaigns or reduce advertising budgets, Andersen said in his prepared remarks.

Snap is also facing challenges related to Apple’s 2021 privacy change that makes it harder to target and measure ads on iPhones. Andersen said that the tool that the company created to improve the issue now accounts for 90% of the company’s direct response advertising revenue.

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