Facebook Loses $120 Billion in Value

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., at the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, on March 25, 2015. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
  • Facebook Loses $120 Billion in Value

Facebook stock on Thursday declined by 19 percent to erased about $120 billion in market value following a disappointing earnings report on Wednesday.

The stock was trading at $176.33 as of 7 pm Nigerian time, with about 119.2 million shares changing hands. However, if the stock close below the $176.46 on Thursday, it would mean Facebook has lost all its 2018 gains.

Earlier this year, Facebook survived a decline in value after the damage done by Cambridge Analytica became public, forcing CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before the U.S. parliament. One of the numerous well-managed controversies and warning signs of what its to come as regulators across the world stepped up privacy requirements.

“The guidance, it’s nightmare guidance,” GBH Insights head of technology research Daniel Ives said. “If you look at their forecast for the second half of the year in terms of user growth, and the expense profile, it refuels the fundamental worries about Facebook post-Cambridge Analytica.”

The net income of the California based company rose from $3.89 billion or $1.32 a share during the same period a year ago to $5.12 billion or $1.74 a share in the second quarter of 2018, beating analysts’ estimation of $1.71 a share.

Also, while profit rose by $13.04 billion during the quarter, a 41.9 percent increase from a year ago. The number was below analysts projection and previous growth rates. Similarly, user growth was unchanged in the U.S., Canada, but declined in Europe from the previous quarter.

However, the profits were not what plummeted Facebook stock but Chief Financial Officer David Wehner’s announcement that the social media giant expects revenue growth to continue to slow down.

“Our total revenue-growth rates will continue to decelerate in the second half of 2018, and we expect our revenue-growth rates to decline by high-single-digit percentages from prior quarters sequentially in both Q3 and Q4,” he said on the conference call. Wehner also said Facebook still expects expenses to grow 50% to 60% from last year.

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Samed Olukoya
CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya; Email: [email protected]

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