Eventbrite, the ticketing and event management site fell short of Q1 earnings prospects. Its stock nosedived by almost 35% this Thursday. San Francisco-based Eventbrite lost $10 million in the first quarter which was more than thrice of what the company had lost in 2019’s Q1. The market value of the event management firm had plummeted to below $900 million from $2.8 billion last September when it was listed on Wall Street.
Stock Market News – Official Figures Released by the Company
Company executives reported that Eventbrite’s revenues may not rise as it continues to grapple with obstacles. Almost 8,00,000 initiators had logged in to Eventbrite site in 2018 for planning, marketing, and creating 3.9 million events and selling 265 million tickets. Nevertheless, the impressive performance could not prevent a steep slide in its market value since September when its stock was listed.
However, the firm’s net revenue increased to $ 81 million, a 9% rise, owing to an enhancement in ticket sales. At the same time, operating costs registered a 23% jump (approximately $61 million), largely due to a steep increase in product development expenses. On the other hand, administrative and general costs soared by 26%. Consequently, the company losses burgeoned from $3.1million to $10.1 million.
Analyzing the Stats & Figures
Equity compensation played a key role in pushing up operational, product development, general and administrative costs. Stock awards swelled to $8.1 million by the end of first quarter, a 180% + surge. However, dividend disbursal dropped sharply from $29 million in March 2018 to $5.5 million in March 2019. The troubled takeover of Ticketfly also compounded Evenbrite’s problems.
The company had to shell out $6.3 million in penalties after hackers filched personal details of nearly 27 million Ticketfly subscribers in 2018. Eventbrite is planning to invest heavily in Q2. Eventbrite is anticipating a net revenue ranging from $74 million to $78 million.
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