Snap Research and Development Expenses by Quarter

The below graph represents the quarterly distribution of Snap research and development expenses, starting from fiscal Q1 2015 to the recently completed quarter. In Q4 2019, the social media company spent over 39.1% of its total quarterly revenue on R&D, totalling $219.5 million.

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The above graph represents Snap research and development expenses by quarter, starting from fiscal Q1 2015 to the recently completed quarter. Snap R&D expenses increased 33.5% YoY in Q4 2019, to $219.5 million – representing over 39.1% of its total quarterly revenue.

Snap Quarterly R&D Spending: History

SourceSnap Inc. Financial ReportsSEC Filings
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NoteSnap Inc. fiscal year starts from January 1st

One must note that the company’s spending on R&D in a particular quarter has always been higher than the other operating expenses such as Sales and Marketing, and General and Administrative.

In Q1 2017, Snap’s total R&D spending reached an all-time high of $805.8 million, representing a whopping 538.5% of its total revenue. However, it declined to $255.7 million in the following quarter itself.

The Research and development expenses of Snap Inc. consist primarily of personnel-related costs, which include salaries, benefits, and stock-based compensation expense for the engineers and other employees engaged in R&D of the company’s products.

About Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. (formally known as Snapchat Inc.) is an American camera company, founded on September 26, 2011, by Reggie Brown, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.

In the Spring of 2011, Reggie Brown came up with the idea of a disappearing-image messaging app called Picaboo (now known as Snapchat). However, due to the equity distribution issue, Brown later left the company.

In September 2011, the Snapchat app finally went live on the iOS App Store. On October 28, 2012, the company reported over 1 billion snaps being shared on Snapchat app – with over 20 million unique moments shared every day. While on October 29, 2012, the app was made available in the Google Play store for all Android devices.

On September 26, 2016, the name of the company changed from Snapchat Inc. to Snap Inc.

In March 2017, Snap Inc. completed its initial public offerings (IPO), at a price of $17 per share.

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