LinkedIn posts solid quarterly revenue and membership growth

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 29 April 2016

LinkedIn has exceeded expectations on first quarter earnings with revenue of $861 million and earnings per share of 74 cents. This was 35% year-on-year growth with the first quarter of 2015 and above the $828 million forecast.

LinkedIn's membership increased by 19% to 433 million over the quarter.

It's a welcome result for the social network after poor 2015 results led to LinkedIn's share price dropping 40%. Its share pirce today is still 53% down on a year ago.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says the results were due to strong activity from mobile users.

LinkedIn's talent recruiter service was the fastest growing business unit, up 40% to $558 million. Marketing solutions was up 29% and premium subscriptions sales grew by 22%.

On Tuesday, Twitter posted quarterly revenue of $595 million, up 36% yoy but below forecasts. Twitter's growth was driven by advertising revenue, which grew 37% to $530 million.

Yesterday, Facebook beat earnings estimates to post Q1 revenue of $5.38 billion, a 52% increase year-on-year. Facebook's monthly users also climbed to 1.65 billion.

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