Square beat fourth quarter earnings estimates, but lagged behind analysts' expectations on first quarter guidance.
The merchant services aggregator & mobile payments company, co-founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, reported adjusted earnings of 14 cents per share for the fourth quarter, which exceeded analysts’ expectations of 13 cents a share (based on Refinitiv data). The earnings-per-share were also higher compared to the year-ago quarter, by 6 cents.
Adjusted revenue for the quarter surged +64% year-over-year to $464 million, compared to analysts’ estimates of $454 million (based on Refinitiv data). Sales from subscriptions and services in the quarter was $194 million, a +144% jump from a year earlier. Another major win for the company came in the form of its peer-to-peer Cash App’s monthly active customer count doubling from a year earlier to reach more than 15 million in December 2018.
However, the company’s outlook on the upcoming first quarter earnings fell short of analysts’ expectations. Square predicts earnings to range between 6 to 8 cents per share, while analysts’ expected 11 cents a share.
On the other hand, the company’s adjusted revenue guidance for the first-quarter is between $472 to $482 million – not too far off of analysts' estimates of $474 million.
Square shares dropped -3.9% Thursday morning.
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