These Are The Three Charts That Just Sent Twitter Plunging To All Time Lows

Tyler Durden's picture

In a repeat of last quarter, moments ago Twitter just reported strong earnings that beat expectations across the board, and guided higher:

  • Q1 revenue of $250.5 million, beating estimates of $241.5 million
  • Q1 non-GAAP EPS of $0.00, beating estimates of ($0.03)
  • Q1 adjusted EBITDA of $37 million, down from $45 million a quarter ago
  • Sees Q1 revenue of $270-$280 million
  • Sees 2014 full year revenue of $1.2 - $1.25 billion

In other words everything was great, with TWTR beating and the stock should be soaring right? Apparently, like last quarter, no.

Because the real pain is once again in the user data. To be sure, the stock was briefly higher until the algos scanned the earnings slidedeck and saw that TWTR had 255 million average monthly users, up just 25%, compared to growth of 39% and 30% in the last two quarters. Oops.

Just 3 million monthly active users added in the US in 1 quarter and 14 million in the entire world added in the quarter, missing again and well below the nearly 17 milion additions expected to a total 257MM.

Not pretty was the chart showing ad revenue per 1000 timeline views: at $1.44, it was also below the $1.49 achieved in the last quarter, although there may be a seasonal component here.

But the ugliest chart by far, was the one showing timeline view/MAU, which is TWTR's adopted methodology to sell advertising space. Barely changed for worldwide views/MAU at 614 from 613 in Q4, down in international and modestly higher sequentially in the US, all three metrics were solidly down year over year. 

And a bonus table from the company's selected financials with the troubling data highlighted:


Forget growth, Twitter now appears to have a major timeline view monetization problem which appears to be in broad decline.

End result: stock just dropped to new lifetime lows!

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John McCloy's picture

  I love Twitter for news feeds and updates primarily ZH when im on the run..aside from that the question remains..HOW DO YOU MONETIZE IT? 

  Ask Zynga & Draw Something.

wallstreetaposteriori's picture

All I know is that my june 43 call options are going to be hurting tomorrow morning.   Thought the stock would have priced all this in by now.

aVileRat's picture


May want to plug that subscriber base into a decline model, and then talk to a marketing department on the brand attachment rate of 14-24 y/o's. cash per twit is negative, as is ROAC. Great product, but like MSN messenger and Yahoo chat, unless you charge per tweet or pump it full of ads like FB (or make it a premium service like Thompson Ikon/Bloomberg) the service is a

Of course, paying for something is soooooo 1996. Big reason why this is 40% short interest right now is for that; and the $3B plug in the balance sheet in 2016. And the millions of funny munny options / insiders program selling as fast as they can. Go ask a San Fran recruiter, next to ATVI & FB, people are bailing hardcore on this corp.


TruthInSunshine's picture


A still rising rising Fed Reserve Balance Sheet lifts all flotsam & jetsam.

max2205's picture

Really we all know twits is fucking retarded and stupid

Wolferl's picture

Gosh, are there still people out ther who think a company that doesn´t earn money is worthless?

James_Cole's picture

This negative sentiment is crazy, 30 yrs from now we're going to look back fondly on the early days of this brilliantly innovative company.

So what if they don't earn money? Where else can you write something in 140 characters or less and then have other people read your 140 characters or less post and then respond with their own post of 140 characters or less or repost your post. Earnings come and go, genius is forever. 

As long as they never deviate from this brilliance my dec 2014 $500 calls are well secure...

mrpxsytin's picture

Amen, brother. You will go far in the new religion. 

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

All that I know is my June $25 put might be worth something now.

Mr Pink's picture

Looks like Twitter is in the shitter

bam's picture

time to setup some backspreads on twitter tomorrow

debtor of last resort's picture

Here's your dead canary.

Soul Glow's picture

It's not dead!  It's just sleeping.  Give it more herion - it loves herion.

- Bernanke

45Condor's picture

Twitter strikes me as being predominantly a medium for twits to drop the i from their personality, and replacing it with an a.

Soul Glow's picture

Damn it Twitter, you ruined the Tuesday euphoria!

Get to work, Janet!

Cacete de Ouro's picture

We will dig up Twitter, all of them, by the roots!

sessinpo's picture

To be called a twit is an insult (as in stupid). To be twittering (to tweet) is to be being stupid on purpose.

Stopped buying into these fads after myspace.

Squid Viscous's picture

don't forget past tense as in "Oh... my... god, like, I just twatted about that last week..."

chuckroan's picture

Maybe below 20x annual revenues now!!!
Back up the truck!!!!!!!!
What a joke

drink or die's picture

dat market saturation

Rainman's picture

Even Icon took the pledge not to twatter his bullshit ever again .... sell !

Black Forest's picture

It is what was in the earnings slidedeck charts that is spooking the investors...

Which investors? Did I miss someone?

bullmarket's picture

Sounds like Tyler is happy again, Why are you always happy when stocks go down? Would it be a better place if all stocks are at $1 - I persoanlly think not but that's just me.

As a side note, I own zero twtr and have no plans to buy. perhaps short?


The Most Interesting Frog in the World's picture

I would love to buy stocks at a dollar.  I think it would be a better world....

Dr. Engali's picture

It's not that stocks are up or down, it's because of the bullshit reason why they have such high valuations for companies that have little to no earnings and they continue to burn through cash. Some poor mom and pop that has been forced into the market thanks to the fed's policies is going to invest in these companies and get burned.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

BM, what most posters and Tylers on ZH want is a fair stock market. Not one that is manipulated with excessively high BS valuations. 

bullmarket's picture

What is high valauation? IS MSFT, INTC, aapl,CSCO, XOM, high valuation? The market is a bidding process. TWTR is high valuation based on future expectations. I would not say TWTR is the market. If you want to buy Companies the old fashion way of looking for cheap stocks that are growing their earnings at a reasonable rate and looking to make a reasonable return - no probelm - plenty to choose from. Keep some cash on the side look for pullbacks. Volaitity increases, be prepared.

If you want to get and get out, you better have a plan.

I do believe that the FEd went way to far and will pay the price. However, it is somewhat amazing how much money keeps coming in from other parts of the world.

2008 was 1929 in my books. So far the outcome has been better. I suspect there will be a price to pay but I don't know when. If not something else will happen.

I don't know what from a big picture what I would change. What country has done a better job?







Pareto's picture

wow!  i'm so enlightened.

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

Stupidity pisses me off and Im guessing it does the same to Tyler. I am not inherently happy when stocks go down, but I am happy when stocks get closer to what they are really worth. Its just that the market is so overvalued, when they go towards a rational valuation its usually in the downward direction.

What also pisses me off is that the market is so rigged, both for the profits of some already rich assholes and to make the sheeple complacent. If twitter crashing 20% wakes up a few people hell yes I am going to be happy

BlindMonkey's picture

BM, what does the acronym BTFATH mean to you? Does that even make sense? Why are we here?

Oh yeah, the Fed's printing press. Everything makes sense now. Carry on.

schooltruth's picture

I use it as a news source and to share comments re: markets.  I haven't had a "real" human follow my feed in over 3 mths.  Lots, and lots, and lots of bots taking over twitter.  If I were an advertiser I'd be running for the hills because in a couple of quarters all of their user metrics will be skewed by the presence of fake accounts (in a Facebook way though, it could be st-pos for the stock I guess).

If you want to advertise to kids - Instagram.

Grandma - Facebook.

everyone else? adwords

Squid Viscous's picture

Twitter - Exhibit #1 for why this market is a complete joke... I hope this causes all the "social media" stocks to shit the bed tomorrow...

The Most Interesting Frog in the World's picture

Not to mention these numbers are most likely complete BS and would make the numbers from BLS appear to be... well... accurate!

Fake it till ya make, no, sell it!!!

TruthTalker's picture

I never understood how twitter was supposed to make money - do not think I ever paid attention to a single ad on there and I love ZH tweets and many others - am not a twit but a tweeter - the real twits are those that thought this was the place to invest their $

Dr. Engali's picture

The Rag Street Journal Headline:

Twitter's Revenue Surges While User Growth Picks Up




Twitter tanks as user growth falls short
no life's picture

Mom and Dad and even Grandma are twittering it up now...  this stock should be shooting higher... lets go to over to Dickless to find out your money moves for the next three minutes!!!!  quick..

U4 eee aaa's picture

Takes me back, makes me nostalgic for 2000

Yes kids, this is what it was like....except that it was a new or three nasdaq stocks doing this every day and the drops were tens of dollars

ahhh memories. Never though we'd see that again.

I can't wait for the robot tech bubble

besnook's picture

polka dots are out. stripes are in. what a way to invest!

AndrewJacksonsGhost's picture

So when is Disqus going public? They have been changing their model to be able to get advertising revenue so a IPO must be right around the corner.

Spawn of Cagliostro's picture

Bought me 1000 bot followers as an experiment the other day. Worked like a charm. Ridiculous! All these numbers are made up.  #howisthiscompanypublic?

davidalan1's picture

Lol...twitter, faceplant, today gone tomorrow..give me a union carbide ....or better yet. B.a.s.f.


guess im getting old.....

Soul Glow's picture

Time for Yellen to IPO a Tulip company.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Reddit, gone tomorrow? You obviously don't understand the Internet.
4chan, twitter & reddit will be around a very, very long time.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

That classic sigmoid curve on the MAU chart sent the stock price, fittingly, into the sigmoid colon.

Agent P's picture