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Spotify paid subscribers rose 6% in Q2 2020 to 138 million, profits fall short

Spotify noticed robust development in each paid subscribers and month-to-month lively customers throughout the second quarter, however a 13% enhance in income fell in need of Wall Street’s expectations.

In its latest earnings report, the corporate stated it had 138 million paid subscribers, up from 130 million in Q1 and 108 million from Q2 2019. That 13% subscriber enhance yr over yr topped analysts’ expectations of 136.four million. The firm additionally stated MAUs rose 29% to 299 million, which beat estimates of 298.three million.

As a end result, Spotify reported income of $2.22 billion for the quarter, up 2% from Q1 and 13% from one yr in the past. That was barely under analysts’ expectations of $2.26 billion.

The greatest concern gave the impression to be the rise in Spotify’s loss to $418.four million, up from an $89.2 million loss in the identical quarter one yr in the past.

As a results of the wider-than-expected loss, Spotify’s inventory dropped $5.38 or about 1.97% in premarket buying and selling to $267.12 per share. Still, the inventory is up from $151.52 firstly of 2020.

The firm famous that it “recognized a reduction to revenue of €14 million ($16.42 million) due to a change in prior period estimates that accounted for an additional 1% headwind.” (It didn’t provide extra particulars.) In addition, advert income dropped 21% from the identical interval final yr, one thing the corporate attributed to COVID-19.

Prior to the pandemic, Spotify had posted a string of robust quarters as paid subscribers grew rapidly. The firm’s momentum appeared to calm any fears that Apple Music would pose a long-term menace. Apple final reported having 60 million paid subscribers in 2019, a quantity Counterpoint Research now estimates to be about 68 million.

Spotify additionally stated it had seen some weak spot in a handful of areas firstly of the quarter however that the majority of those territories had rebounded. The firm stated total outcomes have been buoyed by power within the North American market.

The firm additionally stated its bets on podcasting have been paying off with podcast promoting “outperforming.” The firm continues to experiment with podcasting promoting, together with its In-App-Offers that permit listeners to buy merchandise talked about throughout a podcast by the Spotify app.

Another encouraging signal is that consumption traits like in-car listening have begun to get better. The firm reported that in-car listening had fallen 50% with the onset of the pandemic however is now solely about 10% down from typical ranges.

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