Twitter Announces A Profit For The First Time

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The good news for the company, which went public in 2013, came as its monthly active users in the United States dropped by a million from 69 million in the third quarter.

Guidance - Finally, the company said that it expects to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis by the end of the year. The high and low revenue estimates for the current quarter are $603.2 Million and $542 Million, respectively.

Fourth quarter revenue hit $732 million, up from $717 million in Q4 2016.

Twitter also swung to net earnings of $91.1 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a year-earlier loss of $167.1 million. Domestic advertising revenue fell by 8 percent year-on-year, to $406 million, but foreign ad sales increased by 17 percent to $326 million.

Twitter had said earlier the breakthrough was possible as it slashed expenses.

Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said: "Q4 was a strong finish to the year". For the first time, the company achieved its long-term EBITDA margin target range of 40-45%.

Data licensing and other revenues increased 10% to $87 million, driven by data and enterprise solutions (DES).

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Year-over-year, however, average daily active users (DAUs) grew 12%, which marked the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit DAU growth. During the quarter, the company grew 4% to 330 million monthly active users. It emphasized that 2018 will be an investment year, with the company putting money back into improving "information quality" by removing malicious content, spam, fake accounts as well as making it easier to identify credible accounts.

On average, 33 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of $0.14 per share for the quarter.

According to the company, MAU was impacted by seasonality and the change to Safari's third-party app integration, which affected approximately 2 million MAU in the quarter - roughly 1 million in the USA and 1 million in global markets. This, the letter said, would include "ad platform improvements, self-serve measurement studies, and third-party accreditation". New tiered product and channel strategy helped it win new enterprise deals in fourth quarter.

Continuing to increase its data and enterprise solutions revenue. That is up 2% year-over-year, but for the full year, it is down 3%.

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Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Amerigo Asset Management now owns 6,875,910 shares of the social networking company's stock worth $115,997,000 after purchasing an additional 2,172,000 shares during the last quarter.