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Earnings Results: Yelp overcomes online-advertising issues for record quarterly revenue; stock gains

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Yelp Inc. produced record revenue for a third consecutive quarter to start 2022, despite economic clouds that have darkened the online-advertising sector.

Yelp
YELP,
-5.04%

on Thursday posted a first-quarter net loss of $1 million, or a penny a share, compared with a net loss of $6 million, or 8 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago. Yelp does not break out adjusted EPS. Revenue was $277 million, up 19% from $232 million last year.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected a net loss of 9 cents a share on revenue of $267 million. Yelp shares gained 2.6% in after-hours trading immediately following the release of the results, after falling 5.1% to $32.23 in regular trading.

“We were obviously pleased with strong advertising demand against the backdrop of a very complex macro environment,” Yelp Chief Financial Officer David Schwarzbach told MarketWatch. He said advertisers were drawn toward Yelp’s customers — half of whom have household incomes of more than $100,000 annually — and their reliance on the service for consumer advice during inflationary times.

Record advertising revenue from Yelp’s Services businesses ($160.3 million), as well as a year-over-year rebound in revenue from Restaurants, Retail & Other businesses ($102.9 million) led the quarterly results.

Yelp also forecast annual net revenue guidance of between $1.16 billion and $1.18 billion in 2022. Analysts were forecasting $1.17 billion, according to FactSet.

The results offered a contrast to disappointing financial numbers that punished the stocks of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc.
FB,
-6.77%

and Snap Inc.
SNAP,
-9.58%
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Those companies, who are also dependent on advertising, blamed a toxic mix of inflation, supply-chain constraints, the war in Ukraine and rising commodity prices for weaker-than-expected numbers.

Yelp’s stock has tumbled 11% so far in 2022; the broader S&P 500 index
SPX,
-3.56%

is down 13%.

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