Spotify Turns A Corner With First Ever Profit

Spotify finished 2018 with 96M paying subscribers around the world, up by 25M year-on-year.

That wasn’t the biggest news in Spotify’s freshly announced financials for Q4 2018, though.

The company posted its first ever quarterly operating profit (€94m) in the final three months of last year, driven by lower operating costs (-17% YoY). The firm, which posted a €442m net profit in the quarter – thanks to €387m of finance-related income – said that “movements in our share price in Q4 had a [positive] sizeable impact on our reported results” but that “the business would have been profitable regardless”.

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