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Twitter Q1 revenue 74% better, 18% more active users

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Twitter announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, and outlined lower 2015 expectations. Revenue was $436 million, an increase of 74% compared to $250 million in the same period in 2014.

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Excluding the impact of year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, total revenue would have increased 80%.

Advertising revenue totaled $388 million, an increase of 72% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, advertising revenue would have increased 78%.

Mobile advertising revenue was 89% of total advertising revenue. Data licensing and other revenue totaled $48 million, an increase of 95% year-over-year.

International revenue totaled $147 million, an increase of 109% year-over-year. International revenue was 34% of total revenue.

Net loss - GAAP net loss was $162 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $132 million in the same period in 2014. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2015 included $183 million of stock-based compensation expense.

Adjusted EBITDA was $104 million for the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 182% compared to $37 million in the same period in 2014.

Non-GAAP net income was $47 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $0.2 million in the same period in 2014.

Basic and diluted GAAP EPS was ($0.25) for the first quarter of 2015 compared to ($0.23) in the same period in 2014.

Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.07 for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $0.00 in the same period in 2014.

Purchases of property and equipment for the first quarter of 2015 were $68 million. Additionally, $5 million of equipment purchases were financed through capital leases during the first quarter of 2015.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities - As of March 31, 2015, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were approximately $3.6 billion, compared to $3.6 billion as of December 31, 2014.

Average Monthly Active Users (MAUs) were 302 million for the first quarter, up 18% year-over-year and compared to 288 million in the previous quarter. Average Mobile MAUs represented approximately 80% of total MAUs.

Twitter has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TellApart, Inc., a marketing technology company providing retailers and e-commerce advertisers with unique cross-device retargeting capabilities through dynamic product ads and email marketing.

Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close on or around June 1, 2015.


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