Facebook will report earnings for its 3rd quarter of the year after the closing bell today. They smashed the earnings estimates in July and the stock jumped 6,5% higher. The stock continues to rally after that, but have surged 14% in the past two weeks.
Last quarter Facebook reported earnings of 42 cents per share, while Wall Street was forecasting 33 cents. Everyone was surprised, but what now? Over the past year Wall Street has sandbagged its estimates 5 quarter in a row, and Estimize is more bullish on Facebook`s bottom line now, expecting the social media king`s EPS to beat the Street by 5 cents per share. Wall Street has left its earnings consensus flat.
It`s expected to see the company to grow by 57% at the top and 80% at the bottom line. A 57% YoY revenue increase would be down slightly. Average over the past year is 64%. An 80% EPS gain YoY is also below the average of 124%. Their growth is expected to break. $3 billion a quarter in sales makes it unprecedented to grow fast.
In the company`s previous earnings release Facebook reported 1,32 billion monthly users, and 1,07 billion monthly users on mobile. A huge number, but Zuckerberg have a plan to keep the profit piling g up.
They will increase the value of advertisements by improving data tracking, and with help from Atlas, Facebook will try to compete with Google, which is the master of data tracking and serving targeted advertisements which is gold for marketers worldwide.
Mark Zuckerberg want to offer best in the class mobile experience. At the beginning he was worried that the app was too difficult to manage. He was worried that the app was clunky on mobile, and trying to do too many things at once. So far it looks like his plan is paying off as Facebook is making a killing on mobile advertisements.
They will also try to expand the user base by connecting more people to the internet across the globe. When Zuckerberg outlined his goal to connect the world to the internet last summer, only 2,7 billion (1/3 population of the planet) had access to the internet. So far, they have done a great job to sign up new members as they have over 1 billion monthly users.
It`s easy to see why investors are so bullish on Facebook. The only point of concern might be that Facebook has performed so well over the past year that expectations have gotten ahead of themselves.
Facebook is up 47,4% YTD. Will they beat the Street this time?
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