Roblox Stock Surges As Game Platform Beats Estimates, Guides Higher

Youth-centric video game platform Roblox (RBLX) on Wednesday beat analyst estimates for the fourth quarter and guided higher than views for the current quarter and full year ahead. Roblox stock jumped in early trading.




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The San Mateo, Calif.-based company lost 52 cents a share on bookings of $1.13 billion in the December quarter. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected Roblox to lose 55 cents a share on sales of $1.05 billion. In the year-earlier quarter, Roblox lost 48 cents a share on sales of $899 million.

The company has been investing heavily to build out its version of the metaverse, a 3D virtual space for people to socialize and play games. The Roblox online platform is home to over 5.5 million active immersive experiences from gaming to social hangouts, to concerts, sports, fashion shows, education and entertainment.

For the current quarter, Roblox expects to generate bookings of $925 million, based on the midpoint of its outlook, vs. Wall Street’s target of $903 million. For full-year 2024, it forecast bookings of $4.21 billion, topping views for $4.06 billion.

Roblox Stock Jumps After Report

“We enter 2024 with even more conviction of being able to achieve our long-term goal of attracting over 1 billion daily active users with optimism and civility,” Chief Executive David Baszucki said in a news release.

He added, “We continue to benefit from the strong network effects in content, social connection, and communication, as well as our investments in immersive experiences, advertising, and AI.”

In premarket trades on the stock market today, Roblox stock jumped 11% to 45.07.

Roblox ended 2023 with 71.5 million daily active users, up 22% year over year. Analysts had expected 70.75 million.

Average bookings per daily active user were $15.75 in the fourth quarter. Analysts were looking for $15.30.

Roblox stock ranks sixth out of 20 stocks in IBD’s Computer Software-Gaming industry group, according to IBD Stock Checkup. RBLX stock has an IBD Composite Rating of 55 out of 99.

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