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    Spotify’s stock tumbles after CEO warns of subscriber slowdown

    Shares of Spotify tumbled as a lot as 10 p.c on Wednesday after the Swedish streaming large warned that its sturdy pandemic development is starting to taper off.

    While at-home streaming has boomed in the course of the pandemic, Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek cautioned that uncertainty lies forward as some of its established markets emerge from the pandemic, whereas some of its newer markets face volatility amid a resurgence of the coronavirus.

    Price hikes in choose markets might also be contributing to the slowdown Ek stated.

    “Some markets are extra superior in recovering, some are nonetheless very a lot within the type of pandemic panorama and I feel that’s going to play out over the course of the 12 months,” Ek stated in an interview Wednesday.

    The music streamer — which now has 2.6 million podcasts on its platform, together with the massively standard “The Joe Rogan Experience” — stated it expects paid subscribers within the vary of 162 million to 166 million within the second quarter.

    Analysts forecast it to hit 166.1 million.

    Shares of Spotify had been not too long ago down 8.9 p.c to $266.81 a share.

    Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek speaking at a 2016 event in Cannes, France.
    Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek talking at a 2016 occasion in Cannes, France.
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    During its first quarter ended March 31, Spotify reported 356 million whole month-to-month subscribers, up 24 p.c from a 12 months in the past however on the low-end of its steerage. The all-important paying subscribers ticked up 21 p.c to 158 million, nonetheless, which was on the top-end of expectations.

    Revenue rose 16 p.c to $2.6 billion, beating forecasts of $2.59 billion.

    The firm launched its service in 86 new nations within the first quarter, and stated that development within the US and in markets like Russia and India the place the corporate discounted plans and charged decrease costs offset lower-than-expected development in Latin America and Europe.

    The slowed development in Latin American and Europe could also be attributed to cost hikes that Spotify started implementing final fall. During the quarter it prolonged will increase to a different 25 markets, together with Latin America and Canada. This week, Spotify notified clients of value changes in one other 12 markets, together with for the household plan within the US and the UK. Spotify stated the will increase have proven no damaging affect up to now.

    Nonetheless, Ek stated he’s seeing the “early inklings” of pent-up demand in new markets, as the corporate strives to succeed in 1 billion customers.

    Looking forward, Spotify stated it expects to succeed in not less than 402 million month-to-month subscribers and not less than 172 million paying subscribers by 12 months’s finish. It additionally forecast whole income in a $2.61 billion to $2.85 billion vary for the second quarter. Analysts anticipated income of $2.75 billion.

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