Twitter +26.5% AH on Q2 beat, strong guidance, MAU growth

|By:, SA News Editor

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) expects Q3 revenue of $330M-$340M, above a $323.7M consensus. Full-year revenue guidance is at $1.31B-$1.33B, above a $1.27B consensus. Full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance has been hiked to $210M-$230M from $180M-$205M.

Monthly active users (closely watched) +6% Q/Q and +24% Y/Y in Q2 to 271M, and generally better than expected; Q1's Q/Q growth was also 6%. Mobile MAUs +7% Q/Q and +29% Y/Y to 211M. Timeline views +10% Q/Q and +15% Y/Y to 173B; Q/Q growth picked up from Q1's 6%.

Ad revenue (89% of total revenue) +129% Y/Y, up from Q1's 125% clip. Data licensing/other revenue +90% vs. +76% in Q1. Mobile was 81% of ad revenue vs. 80% in Q1 and 75% in Q4. Ad revenue per 1K Timeline views rose to $1.60 from $1.44 in Q1.

Though still far below U.S. monetization, international monetization (possibly boosted by the World Cup) improved in Q2: International revenue +168% Y/Y and now 33% of revenue, up from 28% in Q1 and 27% in Q4.

GAAP R&D spend totaled $177.1M, sales/marketing $140.3M, and G&A $44.7M. Total costs/expenses rose to $462.1M from $178.2M a year ago; Y/Y comps are skewed by $158.4M in stock compensation expenses (up from $22.6M a year ago).

The 7 analysts that have upgraded Twitter since early May can take a victory lap.

Q2 results, PR