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Twitter’s Q3 2016 Earnings Report in 5 Charts
Revenue, audience size, ad engagements versus prices: the numbers to know from Twitter’s latest earnings report.
Twitter released its third-quarter earnings results on Thursday morning. Here’s a quick rundown of how the social network’s business is doing.
Twitter continues to make money but not a profit
Twitter has not turned a profit since at least the first quarter of 2012. Despite total revenue growing by eight percent year over year to $615.9 million and advertising revenue growing by six percent year over year to $545.0 million, in Q3 2016 the company recorded a net loss of $102.9 million.
Twitter’s ad revenue continues to decelerate
Twitter’s year-over-year advertising revenue growth peaked at 129 percent in Q2 2014 and has been on a slowdown ever since. The growth rate for Q3 2016: six percent.
Twitter’s audience size continues to grow slowly
Cup half-full: Twitter’s total and US-only monthly active user numbers are growing. Cup half-empty: They’re growing by low single-digit percentages year over year. In Q3 2016, Twitter’s total monthly audience averaged 317 million people, and its US monthly audience averaged 67 million people.
Twitter continues to get more people engaging with ads but at lower prices
Since Q1 2015, the number of times people engage with ads on Twitter — by clicking on their links, watching their videos, retweeting them and so on — has gone up and up, up 91 percent year over year in Q3 2016. But since Q3 2015, the amount of money Twitter makes per ad engagement has gone down and down, down 44 percent in Q3 2016.
Twitter’s ad network revenue did not continue to grow
Twitter has made money from running its ads on other publishers’ apps and sites since at least the third quarter of 2014, when that business generated $5.0 million in revenue. Two years later, it’s still very much a side business — and one that failed to grow this quarter. In the third quarter, it brought in $58 million in revenue, a 12-percent decline compared to a year ago. Compared to the money from ads appearing on Twitter proper, it’s pocket change. That on-Twitter ad revenue hit $487 million, which is nine percent more than last year.