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Advertising Software Stocks Q3 Earnings: AppLovin (NASDAQ:APP) Best of the Bunch

StockStory - Wed Jan 17, 1:34AM CST

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As Q3 earnings season comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of this quarter's best and worst performers amongst the advertising software stocks, including AppLovin (NASDAQ:APP) and its peers.

The digital advertising market is large, growing, and becoming more diverse, both in terms of audiences and media. As a result, there is a growing need for software that enables advertisers to use data to automate and optimize ad placements.

The 6 advertising software stocks we track reported a solid Q3; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 5.2% while next quarter's revenue guidance was in line with consensus. Valuation multiples for growth stocks have reverted to their historical means after reaching highs in early 2021, but advertising software stocks held their ground better than others, with the share prices up 12.5% on average since the previous earnings results.

Best Q3: AppLovin (NASDAQ:APP)

Co-founded by Adam Foroughi, who was frustrated with not being able to find a good solution to market his own dating app, AppLovin (NASDAQ:APP) is both a mobile game studio and provider of marketing and monetization tools for mobile app developers.

AppLovin reported revenues of $864.3 million, up 21.2% year on year, topping analyst expectations by 8.5%. It was a stunning quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its gross margin and an impressive beat of analysts' revenue estimates.

“We are thrilled to announce our best quarter ever leading to very strong financial results,” said Adam Foroughi, CEO and Co-Founder of AppLovin.

AppLovin Total Revenue

AppLovin pulled off the biggest analyst estimates beat of the whole group. The stock is up 1.2% since the results and currently trades at $40.63.

Is now the time to buy AppLovin? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

PubMatic (NASDAQ:PUBM)

Founded in 2006 as an online ad platform helping ad sellers, Pubmatic (NASDAQ: PUBM) is a fully integrated cloud-based programmatic advertising platform.

PubMatic reported revenues of $63.68 million, down 1.3% year on year, outperforming analyst expectations by 7.1%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with optimistic revenue guidance for the next quarter and a solid beat of analysts' revenue estimates.

PubMatic Total Revenue

PubMatic had the slowest revenue growth among its peers. The stock is up 17.1% since the results and currently trades at $14.17.

Is now the time to buy PubMatic? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q3: The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD)

Founded by former Microsoft engineers Jeff Green and Dave Pickles, The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) offers cloud-based software that uses data to help advertisers better plan, place, and target their online ads.

The Trade Desk reported revenues of $493.3 million, up 24.9% year on year, exceeding analyst expectations by 1.2%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.

The Trade Desk had the weakest performance against analyst estimates in the group. The stock is down 17% since the results and currently trades at $63.8.

Read our full analysis of The Trade Desk's results here.

LiveRamp (NYSE:RAMP)

Started in 2011 as a spin-out of RapLeaf, LiveRamp (NYSE:RAMP) is a software-as-a-service provider that helps companies better target their marketing by merging offline and online data about their customers.

LiveRamp reported revenues of $159.9 million, up 8.7% year on year, surpassing analyst expectations by 4.9%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its gross margin but decelerating customer growth.

LiveRamp scored the highest full-year guidance raise among its peers. The company added 3 enterprise customers paying more than $1m annually to reach a total of 99. The stock is up 26.7% since the results and currently trades at $37.97.

Read our full, actionable report on LiveRamp here, it's free.

Zeta (NYSE:ZETA)

Co-founded by former Apple CEO John Scully, Zeta Global (NYSE:ZETA) provides software and data analytics tools that help companies market their products to billions of customers.

Zeta reported revenues of $189 million, up 24.1% year on year, surpassing analyst expectations by 5.7%. It was a decent quarter for the company, with a solid beat of analysts' revenue estimates but a decline in its gross margin.

The company added 15 enterprise customers paying more than $100,000 annually to reach a total of 440. The stock is up 21.2% since the results and currently trades at $9.36.

Read our full, actionable report on Zeta here, it's free.

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