Meta (META) Reports Q2: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Earnings

Adam Hejl /
2022/07/26 8:21 am EDT
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Social network operator Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META) will be reporting earnings tomorrow after the bell. Here's what investors should know.

Last quarter Meta reported revenues of $27.9 billion, up 6.63% year on year, missing analyst expectations by 1.13%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and a miss of the top line analyst estimates. The company reported 3.64 billion monthly active users, up 5.5% year on year.

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This quarter analysts are expecting Meta's revenue to decline 0.43% year on year to $28.9 billion, a further deceleration on the 55.6% year-over-year decrease in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings are expected to come in at $2.55 per share.

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The analysts covering the company have been growing increasingly bearish about the business heading into the earnings, with revenue estimates seeing sixteen downward revisions over the last thirty days. The company missed Wall St's revenue estimates twice over the last two years.

Looking at Meta's peers in the consumer internet segment, some of them have already reported Q2 earnings results, giving us a hint of what we can expect. Twitter's revenues decreased 1.15% year on year, missing analyst estimates by 11.9% and Snap reported revenues up 13.1% year on year, missing analyst estimates by 2.03%. Twitter traded down 3.88% on the results, Snap was down 23.7%. Read our full analysis of Twitter's results here and Snap's results here.

Tech stocks have been facing declining investor sentiment in 2022 and while some of the consumer internet stocks have fared somewhat better, they have not been spared, with share price declining 8% over the last month. Meta is down 1.88% during the same time, and is heading into the earnings with analyst price target of $262.3, compared to share price of $166.39.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.