In its recent second-quarter earnings report, Spotify showcased impressive metrics, with the number of subscribers and total users taking centre stage. The music streaming giant now boasts an astounding 220 million subscribers globally, a notable 17% increase compared to the previous year.
Moreover, Spotify’s monthly active users reached a remarkable 551 million, with a staggering 36 million new active users added in a single quarter. Of these, 331 million enjoy the service with free, ad-supported accounts. While the growth is commendable, it’s worth noting that the company is attracting more free users than premium subscribers. Nonetheless, some users eventually switch to paid accounts, while others may stop paying for premium services, resulting in a dynamic user base.
Currently, premium subscribers constitute 39.9% of Spotify’s overall user base, a percentage that has been decreasing over time. Monetizing paid users is more straightforward compared to ad-supported users, making this ratio a critical metric for the company’s financial prospects.
Regarding gross margin, Spotify records 28.4% for premium users, while ad-supported users report a negative margin of -5.7%. However, this figure includes write-off charges on content assets and contract termination for the quarter. The adjusted ad-supported margin stands at +5.7%. Despite these positive numbers, Spotify’s overall gross margin of 24.1% falls slightly below the estimated 25.5%.
In terms of revenue, Spotify saw a notable 11% year-over-year increase, amounting to nearly €3.2 billion ($3.5 billion). However, the company also reported an operating loss of €247 million ($274 million). Accounting for recent layoffs and related charges, Spotify claims an adjusted operating loss of €112 million ($124 million). The company anticipates potential improvement in operating losses for the next quarter, unless further layoffs are required.
Nevertheless, the higher-than-expected losses caused Spotify shares to dip by 9.30% in pre-market trading, settling at $148.50 per share.
In a significant development, Spotify has finally decided to implement a price hike for its premium plans. For U.S. subscribers, individual premium plans will now cost $10.99 per month, up from $9.99. Similarly, the duo plan will be priced at $14.99, and the family plan will increase to $16.99, both experiencing a bump from their previous costs.
These price adjustments will also be reflected in other markets, including various European Union countries, the U.K., and regions in South and Central America, Asia, and Oceania. While these changes are likely to impact Spotify’s bottom line positively, the company faces the challenge of striking the right balance between attracting new subscribers and retaining existing ones amid the price hike.
As Spotify continues to navigate its financial landscape, user growth, and competition in the music streaming space, the implementation of higher premium prices marks a significant step for the company’s future profitability and sustainability.
Source: TechBooky Business