Wayfair Reports Higher Than Expected Loss in Q1

Web-based home-goods seller, Wayfair posted a higher than expected loss in Q1. It makes its stock plummet by over 10% on Thursday. The online firm, registered in Boston announced a net equity loss of $1.62. It exceeds Wall Street’s speculation ($1.60) against revenues of $ 1.94 billion. That revenue receipts exceeded analysts’ predictions brought little consolation to the shareholders of Wayfair.

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Wayfair had lost 91 cents in the first quarter last year but this year the loss almost doubled. Nevertheless, revenue, in the same period mushroomed by approximately 40% owing to 39% growth in orders delivered. Wayfair revealed that the price of delivered goods had increased by 36% in this period. Niraj Shah, co-chairman, co-founder and CEO of Wayfair said that: “We are excited to report a strong start to 2019 marked by another consecutive quarter of exceptional growth with Direct Retail net revenue up $542 million dollars, or 39%, year over year, for a total net revenue of $1.9 billion.

He added that the company continued to invest for the sake of boosting up logistics infrastructure, offering quality products, and exploring innovative means to serve clients. Optimists were quick to notice the silver lining in the dismal Q1 report. The company declared that there had been a 39% surge in the number of active consumers, compared to the figure in the first quarter of 2018.

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Wayfair, by the end of the first quarter in 2019 had 16.4 million steadfast customers. In the meantime, the price of an average order was $237, an increase of $1 from the same period last year. It is worth noting that 53.4% of the online firm’s total orders were received via a mobile gadget.

The corresponding figure for the first quarter of 2018 was 49.2%. Wayfair’s stock has appreciated by 81% till date with every share commanding a price of $173.72.

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