Pinterest Inc.’s stock were volatile in after hours trading following a surge in advertising, user engagement and some AI bets.
Shares of Pinterest
initially spiked 9% in extended trading Tuesday after the company reported quarterly results that topped analysts’ revenue and earnings estimates, but soon sank to a 4% loss. The stock ended the after-hours session down 2.8%.
“Users are coming back more often and engaging more deeply,” Chief Executive Bill Ready said in an interview. Global monthly active users increased 8% year over year to 465 million — the measurement’s best performance in two years.
At the same time, enhanced AI capabilities helped match consumers with shoppable content that is most relevant to them, Ready said.
Thanks to a focus on cost efficiencies, Pinterest returned to adjusted EBITDA margin expansion in Q2, added Julia Brau Donnelly, who joined Pinterest as chief financial officer from Wayfair Inc.
The image-sharing platform reported a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $34.9 million, or 5 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $43.1 million, or 7 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted earnings were 21 cents a share.
Revenue was $708 million, compared with $666 million a year ago. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected on average net earnings of 12 cents a share on revenue of $696 million.
Pinterest provided third-quarter revenue guidance in the high single-digits year over year without providing specific numbers. Analysts polled by FactSet are forecasting $737 million.
Like Alphabet Inc.’s
Shares of Pinterest have gained 19% this year, while the broader S&P 500 index
is also up 19% in 2023.