The Most Anticipated Earnings Report Of The Week: Can Twitter Inc (TWTR) Say Anything To Please Frustrated Investors Tonight? by Estimize
Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) Information Technology – Information, Software & Services | Reports February 10, After Market Closes
Twitter Inc (TWTR) Earnings – Key Takeaways
- The Estimize Consensus is projecting EPS of $0.13 and revenue of $711.88 million, slightly higher than Wall Street’s estimates
- Shares hit an all-time low of $14.31 after Twitter announced they may potentially change their timeline
- Facebook has figured out how to maximize advertising revenues by making data portable, can TWTR do the same?
- Check out our CEO’s, Leigh Drogen, Twitter OpEd piece on CNBC.com today! And tune in to The Closing Bell at 4pm to hear him discuss.
- What do you think about TWTR? Click here to estimate!
Twitter (TWTR) appears to be a company in search of their identity. Despite coming off two straight quarters of growth, share prices have taken a severe beating. This quarter the Estimize consensus is calling for EPS of $.013, just one penny higher than Wall Street, and revenues of $711.88 million, roughly $2.64M ahead of the Street. Compared to Q4 2014, this represents a projected YoY increase in EPS and revenue of 5% and 48%, respectively. That said, investors and users have lost faith in the long term trajectory the company is pursuing.
Once hailed for its live action feeds and multiplying user base, the platform has taken a nosedive. Just yesterday, share prices hit a new 52 week low, falling to $14.31 a share. User growth has plateaued, and now there is public outcry over a proposed change to the beloved reverse chronological order timeline Twitter was founded on.
Amid continued struggles, Twitter decided that a change in how users view content was necessary. Taking a page from Facebook’s strategy, Twitter decided to switch its reverse chronological order timeline to an algorithmic one. The algorithmic timeline would sort content based on relevance and interest to the individual. While it makes sense in theory, the outraged Twitter faithful spoke out against the changes, starting the #RIPTwitter movement. Consequently, Dorsey took to TWTR to reassure users that the company is always listening to user feedback, yet still decided to roll out the algorithmic timeline today.
Last quarter, monthly active users grew by mere 4 million, reaching 320 million users. A slowdown in user growth and engagement is a source of concern as advertisements are the company’s primary source of revenues. Twitter’s ability to attract ad revenue amid significant competition, from Google and Facebook, will be key to determining its growth.
Twitter’s major problem is its reluctance to invest in major product development initiatives. Twitter is a media company and as a media company it is expected to consistently grow its user base and offer fresh, innovative product changes. TWTR recently launched “Moments”, a knock off of Snapchat’s “Stories,” which wound up irking investors and users. Now TWTR is trying a new algorithmic timeline, which has already received extensive backlash. If Twitter can’t evolve into something more than a social media company, like Facebook has, then the markets will continue to be unkind to share prices.
Moreover, Twitter remains overly dependent on advertising as its primary source of revenue. Twitter has been unable to diversify its revenue streams through strategic acquisitions or partnerships. In order to maximize revenues, TWTR must follow Facebook’s approach to growth. Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus Rift have been not only been successful but have also driven user engagement to Facebook’s core business. To date, Twitter’s acquisitions haven’t been remotely as successful as Facebook’s endeavors. However if advertised and positioned correctly, Twitter could become an extremely valuable asset.
The San Francisco, CA based group has several issues that must be addressed. Twitter needs to find a way to take advantage of its potentially valuable data and leverage strategic partnerships to drive long term growth.
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