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Twitter posts bigger 4Q profit, monthly user base slips

The San Francisco company disclosed its daily user base count – those who log in once a day – for the first time, putting the figure at 126 million


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NEW YORK – Twitter is reporting that revenue and profit and its daily user base all grew in the final three months of 2018.

But its monthly user count slipped and shares slid 7 per cent before the opening bell Thursday.

The San Francisco company disclosed its daily user base count for the first time, putting the figure at US$126 million, up 9 per cent from a year earlier. These are users who see ads on the platform and log in at least once a day.

Twitter on Thursday posted earnings of $255 million, or 33 cents per share, in the October-December quarter. That is up from $91 million, or 12 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue grew 24 per cent to $909 million.

Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of 25 cents per share and revenue of $867 million.

Its monthly user base fell to 321 million, from 326 million. Twitter attributed the decline to sending fewer email notifications, moving away from its SMS service with phone carriers and working to cut down malicious accounts.

The company recorded an increase in daily users who log in to Twitter on a mobile device vs. those who use only desktop computers. Suspicious accounts, such as those run by bots to send spam or game the service in some other day are much more prevalent on desktop computers than on mobile.

Expenses increased 13 per cent to $704 million as Twitter added more employees and from revenue share costs related to its video offerings.

Twitter’s stock fell $2.40 to $31.76 in premarket trading.


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