Twitter shares are dying after abysmal Q1 earnings report

Twitter’s stock is down more than 10% in after-hours trading after the company reported Q1 revenue that completely missed Wall Street targets and offered a forecast for the current quarter that fell below even the most modest expectations.

Here are the big numbers that have investors bail on the company.

  • Q1 Revenue: $595 million, up 36% year-on-year, and below the average analyst expectation of $607.8 million.
  • EPS (adjusted): 15 cents, versus the average analyst expectation of 10 cents
  • Monthly users: 310 million, up from 305 million at the end of 2015

  • Q2 Revenue guidance: $590 million to $610 million, compared to the average analyst expectation of $677.6 million.

Twitter said Q1 revenue was down because brand marketers “did not increase spend as quickly as expected” on the network.

At the same time, Twitter’s monthly users are growing at a very slow pace and has even become stagnant over the past year.

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The company posted a net loss of $80 million in Q1, an improvement over the $162.4 million in lost in the same period the previous year.

It’s only been a short time since co-founder Jack Dorsey took back over the reigns as CEO, but so far it hasn’t seemed to make much of a difference.

Written by John Howard

John Howard

John Howard is the Business Editor at He is an avid watcher of markets, a wallflower of retail, and a fan of disruptive businesses that utilize technology and unique ideas to form brilliant new ways of doing business.