⚡ Meta Platforms before earnings report. Will Zuckerberg’s company exceed Wall Street expectations?
Today, after the US trading session, Meta Platforms ( META.US ) will report its fourth quarter 2022 and full year 2022 results as the Silicon Valley giants start their earnings season. Analysts expect the company to post its third consecutive quarter of sales declines and a weak first quarter of 2023. Will Mark Zuckerberg be able to improve sentiment on Wall Street?
Revenue: $31.5 billion in Q3 2021 vs $27.71 billion and $33.67 billion
Earnings per share: $2.26 vs. $1.64 and $4.64 in Q3 2021
Active users (monthly): 2.980 billion forecast in Q3 2022 vs. 2.960 billion
The 2022 ad recession has become a reality and hit Meta’s business model, but given the low risks of global “disinflation” and (so far) deep recession, bulls expect the company to deliver a better and more complete forecast for the first quarter . 2023. A red flag for meta performance, however, could be surprisingly weak results from Snap ( SNAP.US ) after the digital ad company lost almost 15% before the open. Investors hope that Meta will begin to manage costs more sensibly, especially with its Reality Labs division, whose work has so far caused billions of dollars in losses for the company.
Four of Meta’s last five reporting releases have delivered disappointing earnings per share (EPS). Source: Benzinga
- According to Refinitiv, ad companies will only see revenue increase in the second half of the year, while Meta will see its biggest revenue decline to date. Revenues are expected to decline another 2.8% in the first quarter of 2023 as a weakening economy weighs on advertising budgets;
- A Cowen Fund survey showed that ad spending will grow by 3.3% in 2023 (the lowest estimate in five years, up from 7.5% in 2022), with two-thirds of ad buyers seeing budget cuts and weaker consumers. This suggests that Meta’s valuation could be pushed lower even without a deep recession;
- As Apple has enabled blocking of ad personalization, Meta has enhanced its ad technology with AI. Some retailers have reported migrating their data to Meta, which has benefited their business. Opportunities to improve advertising revenue were also identified by Insider Intelligence analysts;
- Although TikTok is growing faster, the strong impact makes Meta a winner if the economy improves. Cowen analysts expect the Chinese platform to attract 8% of market ad budgets in 2024, up from 6% in 2023, and remain the main share gainer in the digital advertising sector, limiting Meta’s potential.
- In the third quarter, revenues fell 4% year-on-year, while expenses rose 19%. This combination is not a good sign, especially if it lasts longer. However, sentiment could improve if Mark Zuckerberg presents evidence that the company’s revenue decline has ended in 2022 and that costs are indeed under control;
- The company cut 11,000 jobs in the third quarter of 2022, but a recent interview with Zuckerberg indicated another wave of layoffs could be in store for 2023. According to the CEO, too many managers hinder business operations. The need to further reduce costs was also highlighted by Chris Cox, Meta’s product manager at CommandLine. It appears the company is poised to cut costs further in all business areas except Reality Labs.
Metaverse … Trojan horse or rescue?
- It seems difficult to report lower costs on Metaverse. Zuckerberg has said in the past that this will only increase. The company sees this concept as an opportunity to create a technology product that will provide a strong user base and an entirely new revenue stream to expand its operations;
- The company still depends on competitors like Apple or Google. For example, the iOS hit Ads Personalization (ATT) caused Meta’s estimated losses around 2022. 10 billion dollars;
- Creating its own tech space would free Meta from constraints and stimulate demand for its own VR/AR products like Oculus, Quest, or gaming platforms like Horizon Worlds. However, the company chose a difficult time to implement the concept. The prospect of rising costs with negative revenue from Reality Labs made Meta’s stock risky.
Meta Platforms (META.US), interval D1. The price hit key resistance at $152 per share (SMA200). Meta’s results could affect the share price of other companies in the ad market, including Alphabet ( GOOGL.US ) and Snap ( SNAP.US ). The earnings forecast is more likely to be in the lower range of Meta’s estimates (30-35 billion in revenue) released after the 2022 Q3 report. Source: xStation5
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