Snap Maintains Its 186 Million Daily Active Users, Says Does Not Foresee a Decline

Snap Stated the Amount of people Utilizing its Snapchat Program would remain at current levels this quarter, easing Concerns the company would continue to lose users to rival Facebook’s Instagram and sending its shares up over 20 percent.

The photo-messaging app, famous for its disappearing filters and messages that turn people into dogs or even tacos, has fought since going public in March 2017, since Instagram has replicated several of its publication features. A controversial redesign also alienated a number of Snapchat’s advertisers and users.

At the fourth quarter Snap topped Wall Street with 186 million each day active consumers, flat with the previous quarter and down 1 million from precisely the same period one year ago. Analysts’ average expectation was 184.91 million, according to Refinitiv data.

“We do not foresee a sequential decline in daily active customers in Q1 2019,” said Lara Sweet, Breeze’s interim chief financial officer, during a call with analysts after reporting outcomes. She gave no specific outlook on consumer numbers.

Snap shares jumped 22 per cent to $8.62 after hours. That’s still less than half of the $17 initial public offering price.

The company avoided a third consecutive quarterly decrease in users after its own redesign, but some questioned the organization’s capacity to grow.

“Snap’s biggest issue is still that it lacks appeal beyond its core user base and has no visible direction about the best way to expand or solidify its own app beyond that under-35 demographic,” said Jessica Liu, a marketing analyst in Forrester.

New android program

Snap has also begun rolling out its own new Android program to some small proportion of all Snapchat users, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said during the post-earnings call. Snap has stated that it rebuilt the Android app because it had more bugs and also a worse user experience than its Apple iOS program.

The revamped program is critical to getting new users in developing markets, in which apparatus running Google’s Android system are more popular than iPhones.

“There is about 2 billion people (globally ) who are on Android and do not possess Snapchat,” Spiegel said. “If we can take a small percentage of that, it might make a significant impact.”

Revenue growth was helped in part by new advertisement formats like unskippable commercials on its own initial displays, which are put on the Discover page, a panel on the app that includes publisher content together with influencer content.

Spiegel stated during the call the business has improved the way it personalizes the Discover webpage for every user, which could draw more advertisers that were formerly worried about their advertisements appearing alongside unsuitable content.

Snap was “considerably closer” to profitability, as it maintains a level cost structure while raising revenue, Spiegel said.

Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates Snap will reach breakeven at the end of the year.

Average revenue per user was $2.09 (roughly Rs. 150) through the fourth quarter, up from $1.53 from the year-ago quarter.

The organization’s net loss narrowed to $191.67 million, or 14 cents per share, compared with $349.98 million, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier.

For the first quarter, Bloomberg stated it expects earnings of $285 million to $310 million. That compares with the average analyst estimate for earnings of $307 million, based on data from IBES Refinitiv.