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Spotify Technology S A : Recovers From Early-Pandemic Slump

10/29/2020 | 05:15am EST

By Anne Steele

Spotify Technology SA moved past a slump that hit early in the pandemic, as customers collectively spent more time listening to the service than before Covid-19 shutdowns.

The music-streaming giant added more users than expected in the most recent quarter and said consumption habits have normalized, with in-car listening hours--which had fallen with time spent commuting--exceeding their pre-pandemic peak. Listening on home devices, which exploded during lockdowns, also remained high.

At the close of the quarter ended Sept. 30, Spotify had 320 million monthly active users, higher than its guidance. Paying subscribers, its most lucrative type of customer, grew to 144 million, at the high end of the company's forecast.

During the quarter, average revenue per user for the subscription business slipped 10% to 4.19 euros, equivalent to $4.92, as Spotify brought in new subscribers via discounted plans and charged lower prices in new markets such as India and Russia. The company said it had raised the price of its family plan in seven markets this month.

Revenue from subscriptions was up 15% from a year earlier in the quarter, to EUR1.79 billion, equivalent to $2.1 billion. Advertising revenue returned to growth after sliding in the first half of the year, rising 9% to EUR185 million. Though advertising accounts for 10% or less of Spotify's overall revenue, it has become a growth area--on a double-digit rise before the pandemic--as the company has expanded its podcast business, which led the rebound in the recent quarter.

The company said it now has 1.9 million podcasts available on its service, and during the period 22% of its monthly active users listened to one, up from 21% in the previous quarter. "The Michelle Obama Podcast, " a Spotify exclusive launched in July, was the most-listened to podcast through August. "The Joe Rogan Experience," which arrived on Spotify in September, is now the No. 1 show in all of the service's English-language markets, the company said.

Revenue climbed 14% to EUR1.98 billion, in line with guidance.

Spotify swung to a loss of EUR101 million, or 58 European cents a share, in the third quarter, from a profit of EUR241 million, or 36 European cents a share, a year earlier. While the company has periodically reported a quarterly profit, executives have said it will continue to give priority to growth--attracting new subscribers and investing in podcasts.

Free cash flow, a measure of the cash a company generates from operations--viewed by many investors as a proxy for performance--was EUR103 million, more than double the EUR48 million a year earlier.

For the fourth quarter, the company forecast growth in monthly active users to between 340 million and 345 million, and in premium subscribers to between 150 million and 154 million. It guided for revenue of EUR2 billion to EUR2.2 billion.

News Corp's Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, has a content partnership with Spotify's Gimlet Media unit.

Write to Anne Steele at Anne.Steele@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

10-29-20 0614ET

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Sales 2020 7 878 M 9 388 M 9 388 M
Net income 2020 -540 M -643 M -643 M
Net cash 2020 2 004 M 2 388 M 2 388 M
P/E ratio 2020 -79,0x
Yield 2020 -
Capitalization 42 972 M 51 205 M 51 211 M
EV / Sales 2020 5,20x
EV / Sales 2021 4,20x
Nbr of Employees 4 405
Free-Float 69,1%
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