If there were any doubts that Facebook is now a mobile company, the social network’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday quashed them all, as mobile ad revenue during the period topped the $1 billion mark for the first time, at $1.25 billion — higher than the company’s total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 — and it also accounted for more than one-half of total revenue for the first time, at 53 percent.
Earnings Per Share
Facebook reported its third-quarter earnings at the close of business Wednesday, posting revenue of $2.02 billion, up 60 percent from $1.26 billion in the year-earlier quarter, and GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) net income of $425 million, or $0.17 per share, compared with a net loss of $59 million (-$0.02) in the third quarter of 2012.
With Facebook set to announce its third-quarter earnings Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, the average projections from Wall Street are $1.89 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.18, Seeking Alpha reported.
The announcement by Instagram Thursday that it would begin incorporating advertising into its feed prompted Sterne Agee Analyst Arvind Bhatia to raise his target price for shares of Instagram parent Facebook to $58 apiece from $50.
2Q: Facebook Reaches 1.15B Monthly Active Users, 819M Mobile MAUs; Revenue Up 53% Vs. 2Q 2012, GAAP Net Income Of $333M
Facebook reached 1.15 billion monthly active users as of June 30, up 21 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012, while daily active users were up 27 percent to 699 million, and mobile MAUs leaped by 51 percent to 819 million, the company reported as part of its second-quarter financial results.
Facebook received some lukewarm news on Wall Street courtesy of analyst Jason Helfstein of Oppenheimer & Co., who reiterated an “outperform” rating on the social network’s stock and lowered his target price to $32 per share from $33.