Tinder parent delivers stellar quarter as more people pay to find right match

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(Reuters) -Match Group topped quarterly revenue estimates as more users looking for matches and connections took paid subscriptions on dating app Tinder, sending the company’s shares up 16% on Tuesday.

The results are welcome news for the company which has been rocked this year by executive changes and analyst concerns about poor execution of new features on its dating apps. Spiraling inflation has also pressured spending on its apps.

Despite the odds, the company’s revenue came in at $810 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, beating the average analyst estimate of $793 million, according to Refinitiv data.

Tinder’s revenue grew 6% and its paying users jumped 7%, aided by the return of a feature that lets users swipe right and left from their desktops. The company, however, forecast flat growth in fourth-quarter revenue for Tinder.

“Product execution is already improving,” Chief Executive Bernard Kim and finance chief Gary Swidler said in a letter to shareholders.

But they warned that a weakening global economy was hitting Match’s brands that serve lower-income consumers, while also weighing on discretionary spending across its apps.

Match plans to tackle the slowdown with reductions in headcount-related expenses and marketing spend and expects to have flat margins in 2023.

Shares of the company were trading at $51.21 in extended trading. They have declined 66.1% so far this year.

Match forecast fourth-quarter revenue between $780 million and $790 million, below market estimates of $809.2 million, as it expects to take an additional $14 million hit from a stronger U.S. dollar than it had previously expected.

The company added that a search was ongoing for Tinder CEO, a position vacant since the sudden departure of Renate Nyborg in August.

(Reporting by Vansh Agarwal and Shreyaa Narayanan in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Shinjini Ganguli)