Twitter blames Musk’s weak ad market for falling revenue

On Friday, Twitter Inc blamed its ongoing battle to close its $44 billion acquisition by Elon Musk and a weakening digital advertising market for a surprise drop in quarterly revenue.

The findings come as Twitter sued Musk for dropping its bid to buy the company and is now bracing for a legal showdown in a trial due to begin in October. The uncertainty of the deal worried Twitter advertisers and caused chaos within the company. Ad revenue rose just 2% to $1.08 billion, missing Wall Street expectations of $1.22 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Total second-quarter revenue, which also includes subscription revenue, was $1.18 billion, up from $1.19 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected $1.32 billion. Twitter shares were down 3% in trading before the bell.

Twitter said its net loss was $270 million, or 35 cents per share, compared with earnings of $65.6 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. Its adjusted loss of 8 cents missed expectations for an adjusted profit of 14 cents.

On Thursday, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc, reported weak results and declined to make a forecast, citing “incredibly difficult” conditions as advertisers cut spending. Twitter and its peers including Snap and Alphabet saw revenue surge last year as brands spent heavily on online advertising, eyeing a post-pandemic recovery.

But inflationary pressures and fears of a recession this year have forced brands to rethink their marketing budgets. Meanwhile, Gen Z favorite TikTok and tech giant Apple Inc, which gives users the choice not to track data, are grabbing market share in the advertising space. digital.

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