Facebook Q2 earnings: Profits beat with $29 billion, up 56% from the same period last year

 

Facebook remains the top leader in the online advertising space, with strong even in the pandemic when many businesses cut their marketing budgets. However, in after market trading is is down-After Hours as of last 4:27 PM EDT 360.35 down-12.93 (-3.46%)

“In the third and fourth quarters of 2021, we expect year-over-year total revenue growth rates to decelerate significantly on a sequential basis as we lap periods of increasingly strong growth,” Facebook mentioned in its earnings statement. “When viewing growth on a two-year basis to exclude the impacts from lapping the COVID-19 recovery, we expect year-over-two-year total revenue growth to decelerate modestly in the second half of 2021 compared to the second quarter growth rate.”

Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results MENLO PARK, Calif. – July 28, 2021 – Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. “We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “I’m excited to see our major initiatives around creators and community, commerce, and building the next computing platform coming together to start to bring the vision of the metaverse to life.”

CFO Outlook Commentary Advertising revenue growth in the second quarter of 2021 was driven by a 47% year-over-year increase in the average price per ad and a 6% increase in the number of ads delivered. Similar to the second quarter, we expect that advertising revenue growth will be driven primarily by year-over-year advertising price increases during the rest of 2021.

In the third and fourth quarters of 2021, we expect year-over-year total revenue growth rates to decelerate significantly on a sequential basis as we lap periods of increasingly strong growth. When viewing growth on a two-year basis to exclude the impacts from lapping the COVID-19 recovery, we expect year-over-two-year total revenue growth to decelerate modestly in the second half of 2021 compared to the second quarter growth rate.

We continue to expect increased ad targeting headwinds in 2021 from regulatory and platform changes, notably the recent iOS updates, which we expect to have a greater impact in the third quarter compared to the second quarter. This is factored into our outlook.

As noted in recent earnings calls, we continue to monitor developments regarding the viability of transatlantic data transfers and their potential impact on our European operations. We expect 2021 total expenses to be in the range of $70-73 billion, unchanged from our prior outlook.

The year over-year growth in expenses is driven primarily by investments in technical and product talent, infrastructure, and consumer hardware-related costs. Our expense outlook reflects our commitment to invest ahead of the compelling long-term growth opportunities we see across our product portfolio. We expect 2021 capital expenditures to be in the range of $19-21 billion, unchanged from our prior estimate. Our capital expenditures are driven primarily by our investments in data centers, servers, network infrastructure, and office facilities. We expect our full-year 2021 tax rate to be in the high-teens, Source Investor Relations Facebook.

 

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CWEB Analyst’s have initiated a Buy Rating for  Facebook (Nasdaq: FB)  and potential upside of $800 in 2021. A strong sales growth in ads revenue will increase and holidays are around the corner that will contribute to higher revenues. Similar to the second quarter, we expect that advertising revenue growth will be driven primarily by year-over-year advertising price increases during the rest of 2021.


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