Shares of Facebook parent company Meta tumble – 5% yesterday and 20% after hours

Thursday, October 27, 2022

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Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg PHOTO: File

Shares of Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, are in free fall.

The 52-week high for the stock was $353.83 and on Wednesday the stock closed at $129.82.

And, Meta shares fell another 20% in after-hours trading after the earnings report, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The company recorded its second consecutive decline in revenue. It lost half a trillion dollars in value.

The company reported quarterly revenue of $27.7 billion, down more than 4% from a year ago, after posting a 1% decline last quarter.

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and Snap also reported poor performance due to poor economic performance.

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Meta Stock over the last 1 year IMAGE: Apple Stock Tracker

Meta was more optimistic about the future, reporting:

We expect total Q4 2022 revenue to be between $30 billion and $32.5 billion. Our forecast assumes that foreign exchange will be a roughly 7% impediment to total revenue growth year-over-year in the fourth quarter, based on current exchange rates.

To put the approach we’re taking to setting our 2023 budget into context, we’re making significant changes across the board to operate more efficiently. We are keeping some teams flat in terms of headcount, reducing others and only investing in headcount growth in our highest priorities. As a result, we expect headcount at the end of 2023 to be roughly in line with Q3 2022 levels.

We have strengthened oversight of all areas of operating expenditures. However, these movements follow a substantial investment cycle, so they will take time to materialize in terms of our overall spending trajectory. Certain steps, such as the continued rationalization of our office footprint, will incur additional costs in the short term. This should prepare us for the years to come, when we expect to return to higher revenue growth rates.

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