Facebook net income, revenue up first quarter

James Martin/CNET

MENLO PARK, Calif. Facebook (FB) says its net income and revenue grew in the first quarter of the year, helped by an increase in mobile ad revenue.

Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that its net income was $219 million, or 9 cents per share, in the January-March period. That's up from $205 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same period a year ago, when the company was still private.

Revenue grew 38 percent to $1.46 billion from $1.06 billion. FactSet says analysts expected revenue of $1.44 billion.

Excluding special items, mainly related to stock compensation expenses, Facebook earned 12 cents per share, matching analysts' expectations.

Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook says its mobile advertising revenue represented 30 percent of the total at $375 million. That's up from 23 percent in the fourth quarter.

"We've made a lot of progress in the first few months of the year," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO in a statement. "We have seen strong growth and engagement across our community and launched several exciting products."

In after-hours trading, Facebook stock was trading at $27.46, up 3 cents from closing.

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