Dropbox Q1 tops expectations as company hits 13.2 million paying users

The company said average revenue per paying user was $121.04, compared to $110.79 for the same period last year.

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Dropbox reported better-than-expected first quarter financial results on Thursday. The cloud-based file sharing company delivered a net loss of $7.7 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $385.6 million, up 22%. Non-GAAP earnings were 10 cents per share.

Wall Street was expecting earnings of 7 cents a share with revenue of $381.6 million. Shares of Dropbox were up nearly 5% in after hours trading. 

The company said paying users now sit at 13.2 million, as compared to 11.5 million for the same period last year. Average revenue per paying user was $121.04, up from $110.79 per user for the same period last year.

Dropbox chief executive Drew Houston said the quarter's results were driven by "continued paying user growth and ARPU expansion."

"Our 22% top line growth and robust operating margins reflect our efficient go-to-market strategy and operational discipline," Houston said. "We also closed our first acquisition as a public company with HelloSign, and I'm excited about our future together."

Looking ahead, analysts expect Dropbox to report second quarter earnings of 8 cents per share on revenue of $400.22 million. Dropbox is holding its outlook until its conference call this afternoon.