LinkedIn Q1 2016 Review: Key Factors For Robust 35% Top Line Growth

LinkedIn ( LNKD ) posted solid first quarter 2016 results last week, with growth across all its divisions. Overall revenues increased 35% year-over-year (y-o-y) to $861 million driven by a 41% sales increase in Talent Solutions, 29% growth in Marketing Solutions and 22% growth in Premium Subscriptions. In this note, we focus on the key factors which drove this top line growth in Q1 2016.

Talent Solutions contributed about 65% of LinkedIn's total revenue in Q1 2016 with the Learning and Development business reporting sales of $55 million. The Learning and Development division primarily reports revenue from online learning courses offered by LinkedIn. The company enhanced its capabilities in this segment through, which it acquired last year for $1.5 billion.


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