NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Facebook parent company Meta are in the midst of their worst day ever Thursday after the social media giant reported a rare decline in profit due to a sharp increase in expenses as it invests heavily in its transformation into a virtual reality-based company.
Meta’s shares fell more than 23% to $246.76 in early trading Thursday, lopping off more than $200 million of the company’s overall value, known as its market capitalization. A drop that big would be the largest ever for a company on a single day. Facebook’s market cap dropped $120 billion on July 26, 2018.
The Menlo Park, California, based company said Wednesday that profit declined 8% to $10.29 billion in the final three months of 2021. Revenue rose to 20% to $33.67 billion.
The decline could partly be tied to Meta’s spending on its Reality Labs segment — which includes its virtual reality headsets and augmented reality technology. Meta invested more than $10 billion in the segment in 2021.
In addition, recent privacy changes by Apple make it harder for companies like Meta to track people for advertising purposes, which also puts pressure on the company’s revenue. On a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Meta’s chief financial said the company faced a $!0 billion “headwind” from Apple’s changes in 2022. Analysts at MoffettNathanson, in a note to clients, called the estimate “stunning.”
Meta also forecast revenue well below analysts’ expectations for the current quarter, due in part to growing competition from TikTok, the company said.
Meta Platforms Inc. took on its new name last fall to emphasize CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s focus on the metaverse. Since then, the company has been shifting resources and hiring engineers — including from competitors like Apple and Google — who can help realize his vision. It expanded its workforce by 23%, ending the year with 71,970 employees, mostly in technical roles.
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It’s a start. Facebook (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) going bankrupt and Schmuckerberg destitute and living on the streets is the desired outcome.
Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving company!
Maybe just maybe America is regaining the common sense that democrats have been trying for the last 13 months pretend is racist and doesn’t have validation.
Maybe but I’m not sure. I think young people continue to move off this platform for worse platforms, like Tiki’s Tok. Trump tried to bar that evil Chinese mess but the Democrats wouldn’t allow it.
It would help if more conservatives would move to free speech platforms.
OR just get off anti-social media, PERIOD!
Perhaps. But right now, I’m far more encouraged by what our brothers and sisters up in Canada are doing to take back their country from leftist tyranny.
Facebook, the “face” of censorship!
That’s why i call them Commiebook!
FB – Good riddance!