Spotify Beats Estimates, However Losses Soar

Spotify on Tuesday reported monetary outcomes that beat analysts’ expectations on energetic customers and subscribers, however detailed skyrocketing losses as a result of heavy funding into areas reminiscent of podcasts.

The Swedish firm mentioned it had made a fourth-quarter lack of 270 million euros (£237m), up from 39m euros in the identical interval a 12 months earlier, as working prices grew 44 p.c.

Spotify not too long ago mentioned it will fireplace a whole bunch of workers after chief government Daniel Ek admited the agency had been “too bold” with expenditures through the pandemic, much like different companies reminiscent of Amazon which can be additionally slicing jobs.

However the firm’s variety of month-to-month energetic customers rose to 489 million through the quarter, beating its steerage and analysts’ forecasts of 477.9 million.

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The premium subscribers who make up a lot of the agency’s revenues grew 14 p.c to 205 million, increased than Refinitiv estimates of 202.3 million.

The expansion resulted from advertising campaigns and new customers in nations reminiscent of India and Indonesia.

Spotify forecast customers would attain 500 million within the present quarter and that premium subscribers would attain 207 million.

Quarterly income was 3.2bn euros, increased than analysts’ estimates of three.16bn euros.


The corporate’s spending grew at twice the speed of its income in 2022, Ek mentioned, because it invested closely in its podcast enterprise.

Spotify pays about 70 p.c of its revenues to music rights holders, and has invested in unique podcast content material as a means of lowering its dependence on music.

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However the firm signalled it was shifting away from its unique content material technique and would as a substitute look to draw widespread podcasters to make use of its platform in trade for a share of their promoting revenues, a mannequin much like that of YouTube.

Spotify mentioned it will minimize 6 p.c of its workers, or about 600 workers members, and that Daybreak Ostroff, who had been head of the podcast unit, could be leaving after greater than 4 years.