Pinterest lost users in the second quarter, and the stock is plunging

Ben Silbermann, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Pinterest

© APA | Ben Silbermann, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Pinterest

# 30 July 2021 02:34 (UTC +04:00)

Pinterest shares fell more than 17% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the company reported its second-quarter earnings, after the company reported a decline in monthly users between Q1 and Q2, APA reports citing CNBC.

Pinterest reported 454 million monthly active users, down more than 5% from the 478 million the company reported in April. The company said that as of July 27, its U.S. MAUs have declined by approximately 7% while global MAUs have grown approximately 5% year-to-year.

By comparison, others in the social media market also struggled to meet user growth expectations. Twitter last week came in just shy of its mDAU expectations while Facebook on Wednesday matched its DAU expectations exactly while falling just shy of MAU expectations. Snap last week, however, was able to beat its DAU expectations.

The company attributed its decline in users due to a disproportionate bump in usage in 2020 as people were stuck at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since mid-March, however, we believe engagement on Pinterest was disproportionately lower as people began spending more time socializing with friends outside their homes, eating in restaurants, and generally participating in activities that are not our core use cases,” the company said in a letter to shareholders.

The company reported revenue of $613 million for the quarter, which was up more than 125% compared with a year prior. Pinterest also posted a net income of $69.4 million. A year ago, the company posted a net loss of more than $100.7 million.

Pinterest also provided a Q3 revenue growth estimate “in the low-40s” on a year to year basis. That was approximately in line with Refinitiv expectations of 42.8% year-to-year revenue growth for the upcoming quarter.

However, the company declined to provide Q3 MAU guidance due to the unknown impact of Covid-19 variants.

“The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions remain unknown, and we are not providing guidance on Q3 2021 MAUs given our lack of visibility into certain key drivers of engagement,” the company said in a statement.

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