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Kakao Corp Q4 Earnings Show Robust Growth

Source: Kakao Corp

Seoul, South Korea - Kakao Corp(KRX: 035720), the South Korean company behind the ubiquitous KakaoTalk messaging app, announced robust financial results for the fourth quarter of 2023. 

The company reported a 23% year-over-year increase in revenue to KRW 2,171 billion. 

Operating income significantly improved, rising 109% year-on-year to KRW 189.1 billion.

Strong performance across Kakao's various business segments drove the company's growth. 

The platform segment, including advertising, the talk business, and other initiatives, posted a 17% yearly increase. 

The company's content segment, which focuses on games and digital content, grew 30% yearly.

Key points from the earnings call:

  • Kakao's revenue mix remains balanced, with nearly equal contributions from the platform and content segments.
  • Talk Biz revenues showed continued strength, growing 14% year-over-year and supporting platform growth.
  • Ongoing investments in strategic innovation across multiple business segments, such as AI, cloud, and data centers, remain key growth drivers.

Meanwhile, Kakao continues to reorganize its services and improve the user experience, as well as other projects to develop KakaoTalk into a comprehensive communication service. 

In the future, Kakao plans to expand the positive user experience by combining KakaoTalk and AI, thereby consolidating a virtuous cycle that will enable Kakao's core businesses, including advertising and commerce, to continue to grow.