Twitter shares take a tumble

  • 28/10/2015
Twitter shares take a tumble

Twitter shares have tumbled after the struggling messaging platform reported only slim growth in its user base and a disappointing outlook.

The San Francisco social network, which this month brought back co-founder Jack Dorsey as chief executive on a permanent basis, said its loss in the third quarter narrowed to US$132 million (NZ$195 million) from US$175 million in the same period last year.

For its base of users, Twitter reported 320 million monthly active users - only modestly up from 316 million in the past quarter and 11 percent higher than a year ago.

Twitter shares slid nearly 11 percent in after-hours trade to US$27.90

Revenues grew 58 percent year-over-year to US$569 million, in line with its recent lowered forecast. But the outlook for the coming quarter was for revenue in the range of US$695 million to US$710 million - well below most analyst expectations of US$740 million.

"We continued to see strong financial performance this quarter, as well as meaningful progress across our three areas of focus: ensuring more disciplined execution, simplifying our services, and better communicating the value of our platform," said Dorsey.

"We've simplified our road map and organisation around a few big bets across Twitter, Periscope, and Vine that we believe represent our largest opportunities for growth."

On October 13, Twitter said it was slashing eight per cent of its workforce, or some 340 jobs, as Dorsey outlined his new "roadmap" to boost users and revenues at the money-losing messaging platform.

The messaging platform, which has not yet turned a profit, has struggled to expand its user base above 300 million, lagging rival networks such as Instagram and well behind the much larger Facebook.

However, Twitter says that one billion people have seen content published on its network through other sites or applications. Twitter promised new tools that will allow better integration with third-party apps, and better integration into websites.


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