Twitter will release its earnings report for the third quarter (Q3) of 2014 after the closing bell today, and, as per usual, analysts are anticipating a nice uptick in monthly average user (MAU) numbers to cement the gains that Twitter registered in this metric in Q2.
Twitter reached 271 million MAUs in their last earnings report, which was up 16 million from Q1. Analysts are expecting between 14 and 17 million new MAUs for the Q3 report, which would put Twitter’s total between 285 and 288 million MAUs.
Twitter is forecast to report a profit of a penny per share for Q3, with revenue of $351.5 million. Q2 revenue was $312 million with a $0.02 earnings per share.
In short, anything less than 14 million MAUs likely won’t be well received by investors. Twitter’s stock is down 10 percent since October 9th and 22 percent overall since 2013, and the market will be looking for a continuation of the Q2 user growth numbers and proof that Twitter’s welcome uptake at that time wasn’t down mostly to the summer World Cup.