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Square reports $439 million in revenue for Q3 2016 as gross payment volume jumps 39%

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Square ($SQ) has released the results of its third quarter financial earnings, revealing that it generated $439 million in net revenue, up 32 percent annually, but had a net income loss of $32 million. Its Gross Payment Volume (GPV) now stands at $13.2 billion, an increase of 39 percent yearly.

Wall Street analysts estimated that the commerce company would bring in $430.09 million in revenue with an earnings per share loss of $0.11.

The company’s stock closed the day down 1.25 percent at $11.06 and is currently up more than 2.25 percent after-hours following a revision in its fiscal year 2016 guidance and better than expected results. It’s notable that when the market closed, Square traded below what it began trading at when it went public in November.

Much of its revenue came from transactions powered by its card readers. For the quarter, it brought in $388 million, an increase of 38 percent from the same time last year, and made up 2.93 percent of GPV. In a bit of a downside for Square, transaction revenue’s share of GPV dropped 0.02 percentage points from the prior year period.

Square third quarter earnings numbers

Software and data product revenue was $35 million, an annual growth of 140 percent driven by Square Capital, Caviar, and Instant Deposits. The company claimed that weekly order volume has “grown more than 11x” since Square acquired Caviar in 2014, and the “average annualized GPV of a seller that uses both Square and Caviar is greater than $500,000.” While the company didn’t break out specific figures for its programs, one must wonder about the performance of respective services, especially in light of reports suggesting that Square was looking to sell Caviar for $100 million.

43 percent of GPV contributions came from large sellers, which grew 55 percent year-over-year.

As for its long-term business bet with Square Capital, the company shared that it has passed $1 billion in total originations since the programs launch two years ago. In the third quarter, more than 35,000 business loans have been processed, totaling $208 million, an increase of 70 percent annually. It claims a low loss rate of 4 percent.

Last quarter, Square stated that it would continue to handle Starbucks’ payment processing for a bit longer. When the commerce company announced its intentions to go public, it also disclosed that its partnership with the coffee retail giant wasn’t all that great and the relationship would terminate. Today, Square said “Starbucks’ transition off of our infrastructure is nearly complete” and expects that next quarter, it’ll see “nominal” revenue and transaction profit from Starbucks.

As for future guidance, Square shared that it’s revising what it will be for the fiscal year, upping its net revenue projections from between $1.63 billion to $1.70 billion to $1.695 billion to $1.70 billion. It’s adjusted EBITDA will be shifting from $18 million to $24 million to $31 million to $33 million.

Some may question about whether Square has been distracted by its chief executive holding two jobs, running two companies that could be doing much better. Jack Dorsey has since fired back, defending his leadership roles on stage at the Money 20/20 event last week saying “I want to work on things that people interact with every single day, and that empower them in particular ways, and finance and commerce is one such [way] and communication is another.”

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