Roblox Corp (NYSE: RBLX) is down nearly 20% on Wednesday after the online gaming platform said it lost significantly more money in its fiscal third quarter than the Street had anticipated.
Analysts’ take on the Roblox stock
In a letter to shareholders, though, the California-based company said bookings in its current financial quarter could hit a “new peak” as it attempts to attract users aged 17 – 24.
It sure would be a positive considering that age group is known to spend more on the platform. But it remains to be seen if Roblox indeed succeeds in attracting that demographic to its platform.
Reacting to the earnings report, Nicholas Cauley – Analyst at Third Bridge took a dovish tone since he doesn’t expect that to be a near-term phenomenon.
Roblox is still regarded as a platform primarily for children and our experts believe Roblox is still a long way from meaningfully engaging with the 17–24-year-old cohort.
That age group currently represents about 22% of the daily active users. Roblox Corp ended the quarter with 58.8 million DAUs – up 24% on a year-over-year basis but average booking per daily active user slid 11% to $11.94; becoming a reason why analysts at MKM Partners are concerned too.
We remain concerned about the level of spending needed to achieve Roblox’s lofty goals.
Roblox Q3 earnings snapshot
For the year, Roblox stock is now down nearly 70%.
Lost $297.8 million versus the year-ago $74 million
Per-share earnings climbed from 13 cents to 50 cents
Revenue went up 2.0% year-on-year to $509.3 million
Booking brought in $701.7 million – up 10% YoY
Consensus was 32 cents loss on $692 million of bookings
At 13.4 billion, hours engaged were up 20% this quarter. In the earnings press release, CFO Michael Guthrie said:
We’re continuing a disciplined capital allocation strategy focused on maximising long-term shareholder value.
Nonetheless, caution sure is warranted if you’re interested in buying Roblox stock since the Fed says terminal rate will have to go above what was previously indicated (read more). That suggests a difficult environment for the unprofitable tech companies.
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