Facebook Shares Rise as First-Quarter Ad Revenue Tops Expectations

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB) reported on Wednesday first-quarter earnings and revenue that topped expectations as advertising revenues grew more than expected.

"Facebook's business is strong and growing, and this quarter was a great start to 2014," said founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the earnings statement. "We've made some long-term bets on the future while staying focused on executing and improving our core products and business. We're in great position to continue making progress towards our mission."

Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 totaled $2.5 billion, an increase of 72%, compared with $1.46 billion in the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter revenue of $2.36 billion was expected, according to Thomson ONE Analytics.

Revenue from advertising was $2.27 billion, an 82% increase from the same quarter last year. Mobile ad revenue represented about 59% of advertising revenue in the first quarter, up from about 30% of ad revenue the same time last year. Payments and other fees revenue arrived at $237 million.

Analysts on average were expecting total ad revenue of $2.14 billion, a 71% increase year-over-year.


WATCH: More market update videos on TheStreet TV | More videos from Kori Hale

The company provided user-engagement numbers as of March. Daily active users (DAUs) were 802 million on average for March 2014, an increase of 21% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 609 million on average for March, an increase of 43% year-over-year. Monthly active users (MAUs) were 1.28 billion as of March 31, 2014, an increase of 15% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 1.01 billion as of March 31, an increase of 34% year-over-year.

If you liked this article you might like

How to Invest Just Like a Millionaire

Snapchat Maintains Edge Over Instagram in U.S. Signups, But Not for Long

WhatsApp Rejects UK Demand for Access to Encrypted Messages

Facebook Could Be Back in China in 2018

Amazon, Google and Other U.S. Tech Giants Face a Battle Over Taxes With Europe