August 5, 2021

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Square (SQ) earnings Q1 2021

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Square shares rose as much as 4.5% in extended trading on Thursday after reporting fiscal first-quarter earnings that blew past Wall Street’s expectations.

Here’s how the company did:

  • Earnings per share: 41 cents, adjusted, vs. 16 cents per share expected in a Refinitiv survey of analysts, though the result might not be comparable
  • Revenue: $5.06 billion vs. $3.36 billion expected by Refinitiv

First quarter revenue rose to $5.06 billion, up 266% year over year, largely thanks to gains in bitcoin revenue. Net income for the quarter was $39 million.

Square reported $3.5 billion in bitcoin revenue, up eleven times year over year. But bitcoin gross profit was only $75 million, or approximately 2% of revenue.

Gross profit grew 79% year over year to $964 million in the quarter that ended Mar. 31, according to a statement.

Cash App gross profit came in at $495 million, up 171% year over year. In March, Square’s peer-to-peer competitor to Venmo began offering customers the ability to instantly send bitcoin for free.

Square itself bought $50 million worth of bitcoin in October and an additional $170 million worth of bitcoin in February. The company said that as of March 31, it had lost $20 million on its bitcoin investment for the quarter, though the fair value of its investment was $472 million, based on observable market prices.

Excluding the after-hours move, Square stock has risen about 2.3% since the start of the year, while the Nasdaq is up about 5.8% over the same period.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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2021-05-06 16:25:00

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