Snapchat have just released their first quarter results and they managed to both beat analyst expectations but also meet them. Snapchat’s quarterly results were extremely significant going into this quarter due to the extent of growth the company saw in 2020, investors wanted to see reassurance that the growth would continue into the new year, and it seems like it has.
The company reported earnings per share of $0.00 when adjusted for, whereas analysts originally estimated that the company would report estimates of $(0.06). Considering the backdrop of their growth and the history of their net income performance since they listed, this a watershed moment for the company as they finally get into the territory of making money. Finally the finances are beginning to balance.
Snapchat’s total revenue for Q1 managed to beat estimates by $26m as the street estimated the company would generate a total of $74m against the actual result of $770m. As we mentioned in our pre results analysis, the company does tend to provide revenue guidance that typically comes out as less than the actual revenue they generate. This kind of sandbagging should be no surprise to shareholders by now.
Most notably, the average revenue per user estimates were massively beaten. Snapchat has currently 280m users which is a lot lower than it’s peers that it is continuously compared against, including the likes of Instagram, Twitter etc. What is important despite these limitations is that the company continues to find ways to generate revenue from them and it seems like they have. Q1 ARPU came in at $2.74 up $0.72 from last year, which represents 33% growth year over year.
It’s fair to say that despite the world’s economy beginning to open up and the questions being raised about Snapchats sustainability in the mind of it’s users, the company has performed well. The business has managed to entice more people to it’s platform while finding ways to generate money from them. Although I am personally weary of a company that is trading at a 30x revenue multiple, these results do look good.
Snapchat stock has been trading after hours both positively and negatively as investors begin to digest the results. As of writing this, the stock is currently up 5.5%.
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