Square shares climbed in after-market trading Thursday, following after the company posted earnings beat for the first quarter.
The digital payments company’s adjusted earnings per share came in at 41 cents, handily topping the 16 cents expected in a Refinitiv survey of analysts.
Revenue soared almost four times in the quarter to $5.057 billion, compared to $3.36 billion expected by Refinitiv.
Gross profit climbed +79% year over year to $964 million in the quarter that ended Mar. 31. Cash App gross profit surged +171% from the year-ago quarter to $495 million.
Square generated $3.5 billion in bitcoin revenue, up 11 times year over year. But bitcoin gross profit was $75 million, or approximately 2% of revenue.
Looking ahead, Square estimates gross profit to grow by more than 135% year over year for its seller ecosystem and by approximately 130% year over year for its Cash App, in April. The company expects year-over-year gross profit growth rates to moderate from April to the remainder of the second quarter, on tougher growth comparisons in May and June.