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Meta Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Meta Platforms, Inc. (Nasdaq: META) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.

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“It’s been a good start to the year,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Meta founder and CEO. “The new version of Meta AI with Llama 3 is another step towards building the world’s leading AI. We’re seeing healthy growth across our apps and we continue making steady progress building the metaverse as well.”

 

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended March 31,

% Change

In millions, except percentages and per share amounts

2024

2023

Revenue

$               36,455

$               28,645

27 %

Costs and expenses

22,637

21,418

6 %

Income from operations

$               13,818

$                 7,227

91 %

Operating margin

38 %

25 %

Provision for income taxes

$                 1,814

$                 1,598

14 %

Effective tax rate

13 %

22 %

Net income

$               12,369

$                 5,709

117 %

Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

$                   4.71

$                   2.20

114 %

 

First Quarter 2024 Operational and Other Financial Highlights

  • Family daily active people (DAP) – DAP was 3.24 billion on average for March 2024, an increase of 7% year-over-year.
  • Ad impressions – Ad impressions delivered across our Family of Apps increased by 20% year-over-year.
  • Average price per ad – Average price per ad increased by 6% year-over-year.
  • Revenue – Total revenue and revenue on a constant currency basis were $36.46 billion and $36.35 billion, respectively, both of which increased by 27% year-over-year.
  • Costs and expenses – Total costs and expenses were $22.64 billion, an increase of 6% year-over-year.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures, including principal payments on finance leases, were $6.72 billion.
  • Capital return program – Share repurchases were $14.64 billion of our Class A common stock and dividends payments were $1.27 billion.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities – Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $58.12 billion as of March 31, 2024. Free cash flow was $12.53 billion.
  • Headcount – Headcount was 69,329 as of March 31, 2024, a decrease of 10% year-over-year.

 

CFO Outlook Commentary

We expect second quarter 2024 total revenue to be in the range of $36.5-39 billion. Our guidance assumes foreign currency is a 1% headwind to year-over-year total revenue growth, based on current exchange rates.

We expect full-year 2024 total expenses to be in the range of $96-99 billion, updated from our prior outlook of $94-99 billion due to higher infrastructure and legal costs. For Reality Labs, we continue to expect operating losses to increase meaningfully year-over-year due to our ongoing product development efforts and our investments to further scale our ecosystem.

We anticipate our full-year 2024 capital expenditures will be in the range of $35-40 billion, increased from our prior range of $30-37 billion as we continue to accelerate our infrastructure investments to support our artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap. While we are not providing guidance for years beyond 2024, we expect capital expenditures will continue to increase next year as we invest aggressively to support our ambitious AI research and product development efforts.

Absent any changes to our tax landscape, we expect our full-year 2024 tax rate to be in the mid-teens.

In addition, we continue to monitor an active regulatory landscape, including the increasing legal and regulatory headwinds in the EU and the U.S. that could significantly impact our business and our financial results.

Q1 was a good start to the year. We’re seeing strong momentum within our Family of Apps and are making important progress on our longer-term AI and Reality Labs initiatives that have the potential to transform the way people interact with our services over the coming years.

 

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Meta will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET today. The live webcast of Meta’s earnings conference call can be accessed at investor.fb.com, along with the earnings press release, financial tables, and slide presentation. Meta uses the investor.fb.com and about.fb.com/news/ websites as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page (facebook.com/zuck), Instagram account (instagram.com/zuck) and Threads profile (threads.net/zuck) as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. Transcripts of conference calls with publishing equity research analysts held today will also be posted to the investor.fb.com website.

 

About Meta

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

 

Contacts

Investors:
Kenneth Dorell
[email protected] / investor.fb.com

Press:
Ryan Moore
[email protected] / about.fb.com/news/

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business plans and expectations. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: the impact of macroeconomic conditions on our business and financial results, including as a result of geopolitical events; our ability to retain or increase users and engagement levels; our reliance on advertising revenue; our dependency on data signals and mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control; changes to the content or application of third-party policies that impact our advertising practices; risks associated with new products and changes to existing products as well as other new business initiatives, including our artificial intelligence initiatives and metaverse efforts; our emphasis on community growth and engagement and the user experience over short-term financial results; maintaining and enhancing our brand and reputation; our ongoing privacy, safety, security, and content review efforts; competition; risks associated with government actions that could restrict access to our products or impair our ability to sell advertising in certain countries; litigation and government inquiries; privacy, legislative, and regulatory concerns or developments; risks associated with acquisitions; security breaches; our ability to manage our scale and geographically-dispersed operations; and market conditions or other factors affecting the payment of dividends. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 2, 2024, which is available on our Investor Relations website at investor.fb.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024. In addition, please note that the date of this press release is April 24, 2024, and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

For a discussion of limitations in the measurement of certain of our community metrics, see the section entitled “Limitations of Key Metrics and Other Data” in our most recent quarterly or annual report filed with the SEC.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: revenue excluding foreign exchange effect, advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect, and free cash flow. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business.

Our non-GAAP financial measures are adjusted for the following items:

Foreign exchange effect on revenue. We translated revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2024 using the prior year’s monthly exchange rates for our settlement or billing currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which we believe is a useful metric that facilitates comparison to our historical performance.

Purchases of property and equipment; Principal payments on finance leases. We subtract both purchases of property and equipment, net of proceeds and principal payments on finance leases in our calculation of free cash flow because we believe that these two items collectively represent the amount of property and equipment we need to procure to support our business, regardless of whether we procure such property or equipment with a finance lease. We believe that this methodology can provide useful supplemental information to help investors better understand underlying trends in our business. Free cash flow is not intended to represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

For more information on our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures, please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” table in this press release.

 

META PLATFORMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

Revenue

$                  36,455

$                  28,645

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

6,640

6,108

Research and development

9,978

9,381

Marketing and sales

2,564

3,044

General and administrative

3,455

2,885

Total costs and expenses

22,637

21,418

Income from operations

13,818

7,227

Interest and other income, net

365

80

Income before provision for income taxes

14,183

7,307

Provision for income taxes

1,814

1,598

Net income

$                   12,369

$                     5,709

Earnings per share:

Basic

$                       4.86

$                       2.21

Diluted

$                       4.71

$                       2.20

Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings per share:                                                  

Basic

2,545

2,587

Diluted

2,625

2,596

 

META PLATFORMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

March 31, 2024

December 31, 2023

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$                  32,307

$                  41,862

Marketable securities

25,813

23,541

Accounts receivable, net

13,430

16,169

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,780

3,793

Total current assets

75,330

85,365

Non-marketable equity securities

6,218

6,141

Property and equipment, net

98,908

96,587

Operating lease right-of-use assets

13,555

13,294

Goodwill

20,654

20,654

Other assets

8,179

7,582

Total assets

$                222,844

$                229,623

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$                    3,785

$                    4,849

Operating lease liabilities, current

1,676

1,623

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                                                                 

22,640

25,488

Total current liabilities

28,101

31,960

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

17,570

17,226

Long-term debt

18,387

18,385

Long-term income taxes

7,795

7,514

Other liabilities

1,462

1,370

Total liabilities

73,315

76,455

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

75,391

73,253

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,655)

(2,155)

Retained earnings

76,793

82,070

Total stockholders’ equity

149,529

153,168

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$                222,844

$                229,623

 

META PLATFORMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$                  12,369

$                    5,709

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

3,374

2,524

Share-based compensation

3,562

3,051

Deferred income taxes

(456)

(620)

Impairment charges for facilities consolidation, net

240

770

Other

(66)

(7)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

2,520

2,546

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

100

821

Other assets

(94)

30

Accounts payable

(1,112)

(1,104)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(1,274)

94

Other liabilities

83

184

Net cash provided by operating activities

19,246

13,998

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment, net

(6,400)

(6,823)

Purchases of marketable debt securities

(6,887)

(85)

Sales and maturities of marketable debt securities

4,625

534

Acquisitions of businesses and intangible assets

(72)

(444)

Other investing activities

75

Net cash used in investing activities

(8,734)

(6,743)

Cash flows from financing activities

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(3,162)

(1,009)

Repurchases of Class A common stock

(15,008)

(9,365)

Dividends payments

(1,273)

Principal payments on finance leases

(315)

(264)

Other financing activities

(9)

122

Net cash used in financing activities

(19,767)

(10,516)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash                               

(288)

85

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(9,543)

(3,176)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period

42,827

15,596

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of the period

$                  33,284

$                  12,420

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash to the condensed consolidated balance sheets

Cash and cash equivalents

$                  32,307

$                  11,551

Restricted cash, included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

84

224

Restricted cash, included in other assets

893

645

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$                  33,284

$                  12,420

 

META PLATFORMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

Supplemental cash flow data

Cash paid for income taxes, net

$                        630

$                        405

Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized

$                        121

$                        182

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Property and equipment in accounts payable and accrued expenses and other current liabilities

$                     4,217

$                     4,466

Acquisition of businesses in accrued expenses and other current liabilities and other liabilities

$                        116

$                        263

 

Segment Results

We report our financial results for our two reportable segments: Family of Apps (FoA) and Reality Labs (RL). FoA includes Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and other services. RL includes our virtual, augmented, and mixed reality related consumer hardware, software, and content.

The following table presents our segment information of revenue and income (loss) from operations:

Segment Information

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

Revenue:

Advertising

$                  35,635

$                  28,101

Other revenue

380

205

Family of Apps

36,015

28,306

Reality Labs

440

339

Total revenue

$                  36,455

$                  28,645

Income (loss) from operations:

Family of Apps

$                  17,664

$                  11,219

Reality Labs

(3,846)

(3,992)

Total income from operations                                                                                                         

$                  13,818

$                    7,227

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

2023

GAAP revenue

$              36,455

$                  28,645

Foreign exchange effect on 2024 revenue using 2023 rates

(106)

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$              36,349

GAAP revenue year-over-year change %

27 %

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %

27 %

GAAP advertising revenue

$              35,635

$                  28,101

Foreign exchange effect on 2024 advertising revenue using 2023 rates

(105)

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$              35,530

GAAP advertising revenue year-over-year change %

27 %

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %                              

26 %

Net cash provided by operating activities

$              19,246

$                  13,998

Purchases of property and equipment, net

(6,400)

(6,823)

Principal payments on finance leases

(315)

(264)

Free cash flow

$              12,531

$                    6,911

 

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