Twitter Records Yet Another Underwhelming Quarter

Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Twitter in this September 23, 2014, illustration photo in Sarajevo. Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Despite resuscitating its stagnant growth in users, Twitter fell short of its revenue targets in its first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year on Tuesday.

Twitter dissappointed Wall Street expectations of $607.8 million in revenue this quarter by over $15 million at $594.52 million. Compared to the first quarter of 2015, which the company recorded $435.9 million, Twitter improved by over $160 million, or 36 percent.

One of the main questions investors and other market watchers had for Twitter was if their user base was back to growing. Twitter says 310 million people used the site every month. In the last earnings call, Twitter saw its monthly average users (MAU) stagnate at 305 million.

Twitter attributed to the underwhelming revenues to the fact that "brand marketers did not increase spend as quickly as expected in the first quarter."

Twitter's investor relations account focused on its live streaming successes, most notably in its streaming app Periscope and a new deal with the NFL to broadcast Thursday night football games.

Building a rich canvas for marketers thru improved video products: First View, conversational video ads & Promoted video w/ Periscope. #TWTR

— Twitter Investor Relations (@TwitterIR) April 26, 2016

Following the announcement, Twitter's after-hour stocks fell by more than 9 percent. In the past year, Twitter's share price dropped by almost two-thirds from $51.66 on April 27, 2015 to $17.73 today.


— Stocktwits (@Stocktwits) April 26, 2016

In build-up to the earnings call, Twitter has added two new features. First was the addition of the "Message" button which allows people share a Tweet via Direct Message and spark a private conversation. On Monday, Twitter announced the ability to report multiple tweets in a single report for abuse and harassment.

Report abuse on Twitter more easily than ever. Find out how to protect yourself and others.

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 25, 2016

Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is scheduled to comment on the report at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and will stream the conference live on Periscope.