Facebook Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
 
MENLO PARK, Calif. – April 24, 2019 – Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

"We had a good quarter and our business and community continued to grow," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "We are focused on building out our privacy-focused vision for the future of social networking, and working collaboratively to address important issues around the internet."

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
Year-over-Year % Change
In millions, except percentages and per share amounts
2019
 
2018
 
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
   Advertising
$
14,912

 
$
11,795

 
26
 %
   Payments and other fees
165

 
171

 
(4
)%
Total revenue
15,077

 
11,966

 
26
 %
Total costs and expenses*
11,760

 
6,517

 
80
 %
Income from operations*
$
3,317

 
$
5,449

 
(39
)%
Operating margin*
22
%
 
46
%
 

Provision for income taxes
$
1,053

 
 
 
 
Effective tax rate*
30
%
 
 
 


Net income*
$
2,429

 
$
4,988

 
(51
)%
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)*
$
0.85

 
$
1.69

 
(50
)%
*Includes a $3.0 billion legal expense accrued in the first quarter of 2019 related to the ongoing U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) matter as discussed below. As this expense is not expected to be tax-deductible, it had no effect on our provision for income taxes. Excluding this expense, our operating margin would have been 20 percentage points higher, our effective tax rate would have been 14 percentage points lower and our diluted EPS would have been $1.04 higher.

First Quarter 2019 Operational and Other Financial Highlights

Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.56 billion on average for March 2019, an increase of 8% year-over-year.
Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 2.38 billion as of March 31, 2019, an increase of 8% year-over-year.
Mobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 93% of advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2019, up from approximately 91% of advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2018.
Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures, including principal payments on finance leases, were $3.96 billion for the first quarter of 2019.
Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $45.24 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Headcount – Headcount was 37,773 as of March 31, 2019, an increase of 36% year-over-year.

In addition, we estimate that more than 2.1 billion people now use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger (our "Family" of services) every day on average, and around 2.7 billion people use at least one of our Family of services each month.

In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded an accrual of $3.0 billion in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices, which accrual is included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities on our condensed consolidated balance sheet. We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0 billion to $5.0 billion. The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.

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The following information was filed by Facebook Inc (FB) on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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