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Facebook parent Meta records slowest quarterly revenue growth in a DECADE

Facebook parent Meta records slowest quarterly revenue growth in a DECADE – but shares jump 9% as the company stems disastrous loss of users

Shares of Facebook parent Meta Platforms are soaring despite the company recording its slowest quarter of revenue growth in a decade.

The company’s total revenue, the bulk of which comes from ad sales, rose 7 percent to $27.91 billion in the first quarter, but missed analysts’ estimates of $28.20 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

However, shares of Meta jumped nearly 9 percent in extended trading after the company reversed troubling declines in active users that it reported in the prior quarter.

Meta said that it had 1.96 billion daily active users for the quarter, versus the 1.95 billion that Wall Street analysts had expected.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured. The company on Wednesday recorded its slowest revenue growth in a decade

‘We made progress this quarter across a number of key company priorities and we remain confident in the long-term opportunities and growth that our product roadmap will unlock,’ Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. 

‘More people use our services today than ever before, and I’m proud of how our products are serving people around the world,’ he added. 

Meta CFO David Wehner said in the earnings release that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had negatively impacted the company’s sales in the latter half of the first quarter, and said the war would continue to weigh on revenue this year.

Recent privacy changes by Apple have made it harder for companies like Meta to track people for advertising purposes, which also puts pressure on the company’s revenue. 

For months now, Meta has been warning investors that its revenue can’t continue to grow at the breakneck pace they are accustomed to, so it’s likely that the quarter’s single-digit revenue growth was already baked into investors’ expectations. 

Investors seemed oblivious to the financial results, and sent Meta shares soaring after-hours on the basis of growth in the company's user base

Investors seemed oblivious to the financial results, and sent Meta shares soaring after-hours on the basis of growth in the company’s user base

The company earned profits of $7.47 billion, or $2.72 per share, in the first quarter. 

That’s down 21 percent from $9.5 billion, or $3.30 per share, in the same period a year earlier. 

Yet investors seemed oblivious to the financial results, and sent Meta shares soaring on the basis of growth in the company’s user base.

Three months ago, Meta stunned investors by reporting its first ever decline in users. 

Developing story, more to follow. 

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