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Match Group Revenue Up As Tinder Attracts More Paid Users

Match Group Executives Ring The Opening Bell At The NasdaqMatch Group Executives Ring The Opening Bell At The Nasdaq
Sean Rad, chief executive officer of Tinder Inc., left, and Sam Yagan, chief executive officer of Match Group Inc., smile during the opening bell ceremony at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Match Group Inc., the owner of online-dating services Tinder, Match and OkCupid, yesterday closed more than 20 percent above its initial public offering on its first day of trading, after pricing shares at the low end of the marketed range. Photographer: Yana Paskova/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPhotograph by Yana Paskova — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dating website operator Match Group reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as its popular dating app Tinder attracted more paying users.

Match Group, which also owns Match.com and OkCupid, gets bulk of its revenue from membership fees and paid features.

The company said its average paid-member count jumped 36% to 5.1 million in the first quarter ended March 31, also helped by the acquisition of PlentyOfFish.

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Match Group, majority owned by media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), agreed to buy Vancouver-based PlentyOfFish for $575 million in July last year.

Tinder surpassed 1 million paid members during the quarter.

The Dallas-based company’s dating business, its biggest, which includes apps such as Tinder, recorded a 24% rise in revenue to $260.4 million.

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Total revenue rose 21.4% to $285.3 million, beating the average analyst estimate of $281.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Operating income rose 8% to $29.2 million.

The company’s operating expenses jumped 23%, largely due to an additional $11.2 million of stock-based compensation.

Net income attributable to Match Group shareholders fell to $7.2 million, or 3 cents per share, from $26.2 million, or 16 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Excluding items, the company earned 11 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected 8 cents.

Revenue from the company’s non-dating business, which includes educational websites Princeton Review and Tutor.com, was flat at $24.9 million.

Up to Tuesday’s close of $11.16, Match Group’s shares had fallen 7% since the company went public in November.