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Created in 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com, more than 200 million monthly active users around the world.
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Twitter Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results
Reports Accelerating Year-over-Year Growth for Daily Active Usage for Third Consecutive Quarter and Continued, Strong Double-Digit Audience Engagement Growth on a Year-over-Year Basis for Tweet Impressions and Time Spent on Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO, California - Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016.
“2016 was a transformative year as we reset and focused on why people use Twitter: it’s the fastest
way to see what’s happening and what everyone’s talking about,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO.
“We overcame the toughest challenge for any consumer service at scale by reversing declining
audience trends and re-accelerating usage. As a result, in the fourth quarter, daily active usage
accelerated for the third consecutive quarter, and we see this strong growth continuing. While
revenue growth continues to lag audience growth, we are applying the same focused approach that
drove audience growth to our revenue product portfolio, focusing on our strengths and the real-time
nature of our service. This will take time, but we're moving fast to show results."
Fourth Quarter 2016 Operational and Financial Highlights
The company posted fourth quarter revenue of $717 million, an increase of 1% year-over-year.
Quarterly GAAP net loss was $167 million, or ($0.23) per diluted share, with quarterly non-GAAP net
income of $119 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. Average monthly active users were 319 million for
the quarter, up 4% year-over-year and compared to 317 million in the previous quarter. Average
daily active usage grew 11% year-over-year, an acceleration from 7% in the third quarter, 5% in the
second quarter and 3% in the first quarter of 2016. Tweet impressions and time spent on Twitter
also remained strong with each increasing by double digits in the fourth quarter on a year-over-year
basis.
Advertising revenue totaled $638 million, down slightly year-over-year. Mobile advertising revenue
was 89% of total advertising revenue. Data licensing and other revenue totaled $79 million, an
increase of 14% year-over-year. U.S. revenue totaled $440 million, a decrease of 5% year-overyear.
International revenue totaled $277 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year. Total advertising
engagements were up 151% year-over-year.
Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Highlights
Total revenue for 2016 reached $2.5 billion, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Full year GAAP net
loss was $457 million, or ($0.65) per diluted share, with full year non-GAAP net income of $406
million, or $0.57 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year improved by nearly $200 million,
reaching $751 million with a 30% margin and exceeding the forecasted range of $700 to $715
million and the company’s initial forecasted range of 25-27% for adjusted EBITDA margin. Adjusted
EBITDA margin improved to 30% of revenue, compared to 25% for the previous year. Adjusted free
cash flow generated for the year totaled $444 million, compared to less than $5 million in 2015.
Twitter had $3.8 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at the end of 2016.
Annual stock-based compensation expense for the year, on an absolute basis, decreased 10%
year-over-year and declined over 600 basis points year-over-year as a percent of revenue, reaching
24% in 2016, down from 31% in 2015 and 45% in 2014.
“Twitter gives advertisers the ability to reach the most engaged audiences in the right context at the
right time, and we’re focusing our investments on revenue products that strengthen our unique value
proposition, especially in live and video,” said Anthony Noto, Twitter’s COO. “We’re hearing positive
feedback from our ad partners about our continued acceleration in audience growth and
engagement. That said, revenue growth will continue to lag audience growth due to the sales cycle,
and could be further impacted by the escalating competition for digital advertising spending and our
efforts to re-evaluate our revenue product feature portfolio. We will continue to increase the value we
provide advertisers by simplifying and differentiating the portfolio and improving the engagement
and measurement of our products. We are confident that this path will return us to long-term
revenue growth.”

 

 
 

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