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Square forecasts lower earnings than first quarter estimates, shares fall

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Feb. 27 (Reuters) – Square Inc. on Wednesday forecast lower earnings than Wall Street for the current quarter as the payment company expects to spend more on growth opportunities, dropping its shares by 6% after hours.

For the quarter, Square said expect an adjusted profit of between 6 and 8 cents per share, a result lower than the average estimate of 11 cents by analysts.

The San Francisco-based company, best known for its small, white-label smart card readers, has aggressively expanded to a wider range of financial services, from loans to accounting software.

Total operating expenses rose 51.5% to € 383.2 million in the fourth quarter as the company invested more in product development, sales and marketing.

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On an adjusted basis, the company generated a return of 14 cents per share, exceeding previous estimates of 13 cents, according to Refinitiv's IBES data.

Total revenues increased 51% to $ 932.5 million. (Report by Bharath Manjesh in Bengaluru, edited by Shinjini Ganguli)

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