Snap's CFO is bolting. Here's what Wall Street is saying about a 'clear negative' for the company
- Snap shares plunged Wednesday after the company said CFO Tim Stone was leaving to "pursue other opportunities."
- The announcement marked the second CFO exit in eight months, and is the latest in a slew of key executive departures over the past year.
- The reaction from Wall Street analysts who cover Snap was largely negative. At least one firm lowered its investment recommendation on the stock.
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Wall Street analysts largely saw the news as a negative development for the company, which has dealt in the last year with competition from Facebook's Instagram, backlash from its app redesign, and a string of notable executive departures. At least one firm downgraded the stock.Snap said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that CFO Tim Stone intends to resign to "pursue other opportunities," and would stay on with the company to assist with finding a replacement. His last day has not yet been determined.
Stone's leaving marks the second CFO exit in eight months; Snap's prior CFO, longtime Amazon executive Andrew Vollero, left the company in May. Numerous key executives have left the company in the past two years, including its chief strategy officer, vice president of content, head of strategic partnerships, and vice president of global business solutions.
Stone's planned departure comes three weeks before Snap's quarterly and full-year earnings report. In the same filing late Tuesday, Snap said it expected to report both revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) results that are "slightly favorable to the top end" of its previously reported guidance ranges. Shares of Snap, meanwhile, have lost about 76% in market value since going public in March of 2017.
Here's a summary of what some Wall Street analysts are telling clients about the departure: