RBC Capital Top Analyst Sets Expectaions on Twitter Inc (TWTR) Ahead of Next Week’s Earnings Report

RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney weighed in today with his prediction on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), as the social networking giant will report second-quarter results after the market close on Tuesday, July 26, and host a conference call at 4:30 PM ET.

The analyst expects revenue and non-GAAP EPS of $604MM and $0.11, respectively, close to consensus estimates of $608MM and $0.09. For context, the company’s Q2 guidance is for revenue of $590–610MM.

Mahaney wrote, “Based on intra-quarter d-points and our model sensitivity work, we view Street estimates as highly reasonable for the quarter, with greater likelihood of upside versus downside variance. We also view Street Q3:16 revenue and EBITDA estimates as at least bracketable. Key stock factors, however, would be Twitter’s MAU metrics, where visibility is limited and management commentary has been quite limited.”

The analyst added, “We see TWTR aggressively experimenting with its product (making Timelines more relevance- than chron-based; expanding character limits; etc…), and that’s a step in the right direction.”

Mahaney reiterated a Sector Perform rating on shares of Twitter, with a price target of $20, which represents a potential upside of 10% from where the stock is currently trading.

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Mark Mahaney has a yearly average return of 19.7% and a 65.5% success rate. Mahaney has a 6.2% average return when recommending TWTR, and is ranked #7 out of 4075 analysts.

Out of the 43 analysts polled by TipRanks, 11 rate Twitter Inc stock a Buy, 26 rate the stock a Hold and 6 recommend Sell. With a return potential of 8.9%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $19.77.


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