Personal Finance

Why Twilio Stock Popped 30% in February

Chart with arrows going up on green background.

What happened

Shares of Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) jumped 30.2% last month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence , after the company reported stellar sales growth in its fourth quarter.

Chart with arrows going up on green background.

Image source: Getty Images.

So what

The company's total revenue for Q4 was up 41% year over year to $115.2 million. That jump was impressive, but investors were even more excited because the growth came nearly a year after Uber announced that it would be reducing its reliance on Twilio for its cloud communications needs. Uber had formerly accounted for about 14% of Twilio's top line, but provided just 8% of 2017 revenues.

The company managed to make its gains via a raft of customer additions. Twilio's customer count at the end of 2017 reached 48,979, up from 36,606 at the end of 2016. That helped the company improve its top line by 44% for the year to $399 million.

Investors were also pleased to see that Twilio's non-GAAP net loss was only $0.03 per share for Q4, which was better than the consensus analyst estimate for a loss of $0.06 per share.

Now what

Management estimates that sales for the first quarter will be $116 million at the midpoint, with a non-GAAP operating loss of $6.5 million. That would translate to a loss per share of about $0.065 in the first quarter.

Investors will likely want to keep a close eye on Twilio's ability to keep adding new customers, but Q4 demostrated that Twilio is able to adapt even when a large customer shifts some business elsewhere.

10 stocks we like better than Twilio

When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor , has tripled the market.*

David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Twilio wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

Click here to learn about these picks!

*Stock Advisor returns as of March 5, 2018

Chris Neiger has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Twilio. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story

TWLO

Other Topics

Stocks

The Motley Fool

Founded in 1993 in Alexandria, VA., by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, radio show, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool champions shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor. The company's name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king -- without getting their heads lopped off.

Learn More