Twitter shares sank on Thursday after the social media company reported quarterly revenue that missed Wall Street’s expectations, and issued guidance that fell far short of estimates.
Twitter posted fourth-quarter earnings of 16 cents per share on revenue of $717 million.
Analysts expected Twitter to report earnings of 12 cents per share on revenue of $740.1 million, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
The company adjusted its guidance for the first quarter in the range of $75 million to $95 million. Wall Street expected an estimate of $191.3 million.
The stock tanked 9 percent immediately after the news.
Twitter also said it had 319 million monthly active users, up 4 percent year-over-year.
Late last year, the company reported that its average monthly active users for a three-month period increased to 317 million. It also saw a 7 percent increase in its daily active users, thanks in part to the three presidential debates.
Twitter said total advertising revenue was $638 million, down slightly year-over-year. US revenue totaled $440 million, a *decrease of 5% year-over-year.* International revenue totaled $277 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year.
“In the fourth quarter, we made major strides in the Home timeline, launching a number of features designed to show people the most important Tweets first — news and commentary they would have wanted to see but may have missed,” the company said a release.
“We also improved the relevance of notifications to increase engagement and bring people back to Twitter. These changes improved retention for both monthly active and daily active usage, as well as increased Tweet impressions and time spent on the service.”
“The incessant news flow from the Trump administration playing out on Twitter and the ensuing global reaction pushes Twitter users to be increasingly engaged with the platform,” analyst Richard Greenfield wrote in a note to clients Wednesday.
Trump’s tweets have been known to move markets and have targeted high-profile people as well as major American companies.
—CNBC’s Anita Balakrishnan contributed to this report.