Snap, (SNAP) the parent of the photography-focused social-media group Snapchat, reported a narrowed third-quarter net loss and surprised Wall Street investors by posting an adjusted profit.
The Santa Monica, Calif., company had a loss of 14 cents a share in the quarter, compared with a loss of 16 cents a share in the year-earlier quarter. The latest adjusted profit was a penny a share compared with a 4-cent loss a year earlier.
Revenue rose 52% to $678.7 million from $446.2 million.
A survey of analysts by FactSet had produced consensus estimates of a GAAP loss of 18 cents a share, or an adjusted loss of 5 cents, on revenue of $557 million.
At last check Snap stock had leaped 20% to $34.09. It had closed the regular Tuesday trading session off 0.7% at $28.45. The stock on Monday had touched a 52-week high of $29.08.
In 2020 through the close of regular trading on Tuesday, the stock had risen 74%.
Daily active users rose 18% from a year earlier to 249 million, Snap reported.
"The adoption of augmented reality is happening faster than we had previously anticipated, and we are working together as a team to execute on the many opportunities in front of us," Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said in a statement.
Last Friday a Credit Suisse analyst team led by Stephen Yu had affirmed its rating on Snap at outperform and lifted its price target to $32 from $30.
The analysts cited "potential for better-than-expected daily active user growth due to work-from-home along with a revamped Android (GOOGL) app released in more geographies."
He also saw better-than-expected ad revenue. And he said that "Snap is a scarce asset that offers advertisers access to a coveted younger demographic."
At the end of September a Guggenheim analyst, Michael Morris, upgraded Snap to buy from neutral. He lifted his price target on the shares to $28 from $22.
Investors generally "underestimate the long-term advertising market growth potential" and the "sustained revenue and profit growth potential of internet stocks," the analyst said.