Facebook Q3 2018 earnings

Facebook shares whipsawed in after-hours trading, following a mixed third-quarter earnings report Tuesday.

The results fell short when it came to revenue, daily active user and monthly active user estimates in the company’s latest earnings report, despite exceeding analyst expectations on earnings per share. Facebook also told investors to expect increased expenses in 2019.

The company reported its third-quarter earnings after bell on Tuesday:

  • Earnings per share (EPS): $1.76 vs $1.47 estimated, per Refinitv
  • Revenue: $13.73 billion vs. $13.78 billion estimated, per Refinitiv
  • Daily active users (DAUs): 1.49 billion vs. 1.51 billion estimated, according to FactSet and StreetAccount
  • Monthly active users (MAUs): 2.27 billion vs. 2.29 billion estimated, according to FactSet and StreetAccount
  • Average revenue per user: $6.09 vs. $6.09 estimated, per 2.29 billion, according to Street Account

Facebook’s shares were down as much as 6 percent and up as much as 5 percent after hours as investors dissected CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on future spending and growth. They finally settled in positive range, up about 3 percent, after the company’s earnings call concluded.

On the call, Zuckerberg said the company plans to invest significantly in the business in 2019 as it focuses on building out new products such as Facebook Watch, Instagram TV and Facebook Marketplace and improving cyber security. Facebook CFO David Wehner said 2019 total expenses will grow 40 to 50 percent compared to full-year 2018.

“I want you to know that looking out beyond 2019, I know that we need to make sure our costs and revenue are better matched over time, and that’s something that I am focused on as well,” Zuckerberg said.

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