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Snap announced its third quarter results on October 21. Revenue increased 57% to $ 1.1 billion, reflecting growth in the number of users outside of Europe and North America, as well as an increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) in these more developed markets.

Despite the revenue growth, the group recorded an 8% increase in operating losses, to $ 180.8 million. This reflects the continued investments, as well as the return of travel and event costs that disappeared during the pandemic.

The group updated its guidance for fourth-quarter revenue to around $ 1.2 billion, with underlying cash profits ranging between $ 135 million and $ 175 million. This implies a profit margin of no more than 15% and perhaps as low as 11.2%, a significant drop from the 18% achieved in the same period last year.

The stock fell 26.6% the day after the announcement.

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Third Quarter Results

Snap reported 306 million Daily Active Users (DAUs) in the third quarter, a 23% increase year-over-year. This was driven by growth in the rest of the world, up 49% to 130 million, although North America and Europe also posted positive progress.

ARPU rose 28% to $ 3.49, with very strong growth in North America, up 49% to $ 8.20, and in Europe, up 34% to $ 1.92. The rest of the world ARPU is $ 0.98.

Operating costs increased 47.5% to $ 1.2 billion, with significant increases in research and development and sales and marketing.

The group said free cash flow in the half of $ 51.7 million, a significant improvement from the outflows of $ 69.6 million reported a year ago. However, that excludes, among other things, $ 300.9 million in stock-based compensation paid to staff. Global stocks outstanding, including payments based on underlying stocks, rose 4.6% year-on-year.

The group’s net cash position at the end of the quarter was $ 1.2 billion, up from $ 862 million a year ago.


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