Netflix Inc added over 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter as original shows such as “Stranger Things” drew new international viewers and kept U.S. customers despite a price hike, sending its shares soaring 20 percent in late trade.
The company’s performance represented a turnaround from the previous quarter of disappointing subscription growth. Netflix, which has spent heavily to expand outside its home market, also said that it was on track to start harvesting “material global profits” next year, even as it raised spending on original programming.
Shares of Netflix rose to $119.82 in extended trade from a close of $99.80.
Netflix added about 3.20 million subscribers internationally in the third quarter, higher than the 2.01 million average analyst estimate.