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Snap Inc. to Cut 10% of Global Workforce in Restructuring Move

ByHuey Yee Ong

Feb 6, 2024
Snap Inc. to Cut 10% of Global Workforce in Restructuring Move

Snap Inc. to Cut 10% of Global Workforce in Restructuring Move

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, has recently made headlines with its decision to reduce its global workforce by 10%, affecting approximately 530 employees. This move is part of Snap’s broader strategy to encourage in-person collaboration and streamline its operations. The company made this announcement in a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, dated February 5.

Snap Inc. experienced a decline of up to 3% during morning trading, but later recovered slightly to end the day with a 1.8% decrease. The company has undergone several rounds of workforce reductions since 2022, with its most recent layoffs occurring in November, primarily affecting a subset of its product staff.

Financial Impact and Positive Growth

The restructuring will not come without costs, as Snap Inc. expects to incur charges in the range of $55 million to $75 million during the first quarter of 2024. These charges primarily cover severance-related expenses. The layoffs are planned to extend through the second quarter of 2024, taking into account the employment laws of the countries where the affected staff members are located.

Despite these workforce changes, Snap Inc. had a strong performance in the third quarter of 2023, reporting quarterly revenue of $1.19 billion, a 5% increase from the previous quarter. During the same period, the company gained an impressive 9 million daily active users, indicating positive growth trends.

Earlier this year, Snap Inc.’s CEO, Evan Spiegel, sent an internal memo to employees highlighting the company’s progress and its plans for 2024. Spiegel emphasized the importance of technology and its integration into our lives while acknowledging the need to make it more human, natural, and seamlessly integrated. He described technology as both an exciting opportunity and an existential responsibility.

Snap Inc. has faced financial challenges in recent years, particularly with declining revenue. This prompted a significant workforce reduction of 20% in August 2022, a decision made after the company had nearly doubled its staff during the pandemic.

The tech industry as a whole has been witnessing a wave of layoffs, with nearly 24,000 workers losing their jobs in January 2024 alone. Companies like Okta and Zoom have also announced staff reductions, indicating a broader trend in the sector as companies seek to optimize their operations in a changing economic landscape.

CEO’s Vision and Regulatory Scrutiny

Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc.’s CEO, gained attention when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This regulatory scrutiny is part of a growing trend where tech companies are being held accountable for the societal impact of their platforms, particularly on young users.

Investors generally view workforce reductions within the tech industry as necessary steps to maintain financial health and operational efficiency. For instance, Meta (formerly Facebook) implemented a “year of efficiency” that involved significant layoffs, resulting in a surge in its stock price following strong earnings and the announcement of its first-ever dividend.

Snapchat, like Google and Facebook, relies heavily on digital advertising revenue, a sector that has experienced fluctuations. Despite these challenges, Snap Inc. managed to reverse a trend of revenue declines in its most recent quarter. The company also initiated a $500 million share buyback program to enhance shareholder value. However, Snap’s stock continues to trade below its initial public offering price, in contrast to its peak of approximately $83 in 2021.

The tech industry’s landscape is dynamic, with companies like Snap Inc. making tough decisions to navigate economic headwinds and position themselves for future growth. As Snap prepares to announce its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results, market observers and stakeholders will closely monitor how these strategic adjustments will impact the company’s trajectory and the broader tech sector.

Featured Image courtesy of Snapchat, Michael Nagle/Bloomberg Finance LP

Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.