Facebook Dating is no challenger to Tinder-owner Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH), which posted third-quarter earnings per share of 44 cents on Tuesday.
The company, which owns several brands of internet dating services, including Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid and PlentyOfFish, surpassed analyst’s forecasted revenue of $437 million, reporting Q3 revenue of $444 million, a 29 percent increase year-over-year.
Match says it expects to bring in a total of $1.72 billion in annual revenue.
Despite positive earnings, the company’s 4Q outlook failed to satisfy Wall Street. Match said it expects between $440 and $450 million in revenue in Q4, falling short of the $454.5 million analysts’ estimate. Shares of Match sank 10 percent in after-hours trading as a result.
Year-to-date, Match’s stock is up roughly 60 percent.
Tinder, the location-based mobile dating application, continues to be Match’s growth engine, responsible for roughly half its paid users and half its projected annual revenue. Match’s total number of paid subscribers came in at 8.1 million, up from 7.7 million in Q2 and a 23 percent increase YoY. Much of that growth comes from Tinder Gold, Tinder’s premium subscription tier that lets users see who’s already liked them without doing any swiping. Overall, Tinder’s paying user base is up to 4.1 million from 3.8 million the previous quarter.
Tinder is expected to bring in $800 million in revenue in 2018.
Hinge, another app-based dating service acquired by Match in June, is on its way up. Match says it’s seen a 5x increase in downloads since it first invested.
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