Shares of Snap (SNAP 2.24%) cratered on Tuesday, falling as much as 40.7%. As of 10:48 a.m. ET, the stock was still down 40.4%.
The catalyst that sent the social media company plummeting was a profit warning that set off alarm bells about the state of the economy.
In a regulatory filing after the market close on Monday, Snap -- the parent of Snapchat -- warned that the economic picture had become much more uncertain, causing the company to rein in both its revenue and profit guidance for the second quarter.
"Since we issued guidance on April 21, 2022, the macroeconomic environment has deteriorated further and faster than anticipated. As a result, we believe it is likely that we will report revenue and adjusted EBITDA below the low end of our Q2 2022 guidance range," the company said in a statement.
Management went on to say that the company remains "excited" about the "long-term opportunity" ahead. "Our community continues to grow, and we continue to see strong engagement across Snapchat, and continue to see significant opportunities to grow our average revenue per user over the long term."
Following the profit warning, analysts scrambled to adjust their models to fit the changing economic paradigm. The were a raft of outlook adjustments, as no fewer than a dozen of Wall Street's finest lowered their price targets on Snap.
Perhaps more telling, however, was the fact that none of the analysts downgraded Snap's stock, which is decidedly bullish. Truist analyst Youssef Squali's take was the most upbeat, telegraphing a long-term view.
He pointed out that while the outlook is disappointing, he expects the situation to be temporary, according to The Fly. He cited the company's strong fundamentals and the increasing adoption of its first-party data measurement by advertisers. Squali also said that the growing adoption of Snapchat products by its users, including Map and Spotlight, as well as the continuing growth of its daily active users as signs that the current situation is transitory.
Taking a long-term view is difficult on days like today, but given the growing opportunity and underlying strength of its business, Snap investors will likely look back on today as a chance to buy shares on the cheap.