Spotify (SPOT.N) on Tuesday swung to a quarterly profit aided by price hikes in its streaming services and growth in subscribers in all regions, and forecast that its number of monthly listeners would reach 601 million in this quarter.
The company posted a third-quarter operating income of 32 million euros ($34.1 million), its first quarterly profit since 2021, helped by a higher gross margin and lower marketing and personnel costs.
“We believe moving forward, we should see pretty consistent growth in our operating income,” its Chief Financial Officer Paul Vogel said.
It forecast operating income of 37 million euros in the current quarter.
After spending more than a billion euros in building up its podcast business, Spotify has been keeping a tight lid on costs, laying off 6% of its employees earlier this year and in July raising prices for its premium plans.
“We are still focusing on efficiencies, but efficiencies for us doesn’t mean just cost cutting, it means getting more out of each dollar,” CEO Daniel Ek told Reuters
Spotify’s gross margin rose to 26.4% in the July to September period, up 166 basis points from a year earlier.
“We do expect to continue to see margin expansion into next year,” Vogel said in an interview.
The company’s number of monthly active users rose 26% to 574 million in the third quarter, beating its own guidance and analysts’ forecast of 565.7 million.