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Twilio surges after earnings beat

Key Points
  • Twilio beat expectations for the second quarter; the company had guided for a loss, excluding certain items.
  • Guidance also came in above estimates.
Jeff Lawson
Abigail Stevenson | CNBC

Twilio shares jumped 16 percent in extended trading on Monday after the cloud software company reported better-than-expected second quarter results.

Here are the key numbers:

  • Earnings: 3 cents per share, excluding certain items, vs. loss of 5 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.
  • Revenue: $147.8 million, vs. $131.1 million as expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters.

The company achieved profitability, excluding certain items, one quarter earlier than it had expected, thanks to strong revenue generation in the second quarter, chief financial officer Lee Kirkpatrick said on a conference call with analysts on Monday. One quarter ago, Twilio had said it was expecting a loss of 5-6 cents per share, excluding certain items, for the second quarter.

"As we have mentioned for some time, gaining the break even has been an important milestone for the company," Kirkpatrick said. Looking ahead, given our leadership position in this massive market, we should expect our parties to remain on reinvesting for growth rather than operating margin expansion."

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Twilio's guidance for the third quarter also beat estimates. The company said it expects earnings per share of 2 cents to 3 cents, excluding certain items, on revenue of $150 million to 152 million. Analysts had expected Twilio to break even in terms of earnings on $135.9 million in revenue in the third quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.

Twilio, whose cloud software lets businesses create secure messaging platforms, competes with companies including Avaya and Cisco. Generally Twilio looks to take on small parts of companies' workloads rather than first replacing all the on-premises software from competitors, Kirkpatrick said.

PiperJaffray started coverage of Twilio on June 25, and Rosenblatt Securities initiated coverage on June 27.

"Twilio's market expansion from enabling communications for apps economy companies to driving a communications platform revolution for the global business market puts it on track to see strong growth for years to come," Rosenblatt's Ryan Koontz wrote in a note at the time.

The company's stock has more than doubled in the past year. Twilio debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2016.

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