Spotify says losses to shrink even as revenue growth slows

Music streaming giant Spotify has forecast that its operating losses will shrink this year, even as revenue growth slows. Does that make it worth over $27 billion?

Source: Bloomberg

Spotify has predicted that it will make an operating loss of between €230 million and €330 million in 2018, narrowing from a loss of €378 million in 2017, even as revenue growth slows to between 20% and 30% from 39%. It set out a long-term target for revenue growth of between 25% and 35% in March.

The Swedish company, which has been prioritising growth over profits, and is set to pay up to €40 billion in costs for its unusual direct listing onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 3 April, says revenue is expected to be between €4.9 billion and €5.3 billion in 2018.

It is aiming for between 92 million and 96 million paying subscribers by the end of the year, and expects to have signed up between 73 million and 76 million this month. It recently had to admit that about two million users of its free service had blocked advertising without paying for the ad-free premium service. It had 157 million active users as of the end of 2017, of which 71 million were paying for the ad-free versions of the service.

Spotify is set to be worth $27.7 billion at the end of its first day of trade as a listed company on 3 April, according to IG client accounts. The expected valuation on IG’s grey market rose in the wake of Spotify releasing its revenue and operating loss forecasts, and a valuation that high would make the company larger in market capitalisation terms than social media platforms Snap and Twitter.

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