Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) Reports Q1 In Line With Expectations But Stock Drops 11.7% On Weak Guidance

Radek Strnad /
2022/05/04 4:38 pm EDT

Online marketplace Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2022 quarter, with revenue up 5.19% year on year to $579.2 million. However, guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $565 million at the midpoint, being 9.92% below analyst estimates. Etsy made a GAAP profit of $86.1 million, down on its profit of $143.7 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Etsy (ETSY) Q1 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $579.2 million vs analyst estimates of $574.7 million (small beat)
  • EPS (GAAP): $0.60
  • Revenue guidance for Q2 2022 is $565 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $627.2 million
  • Free cash flow of $50.3 million, down 81.2% from previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 70.1%, down from 74% same quarter last year
  • Active Buyers: 95.1 million, up 4.44 million year on year

"Despite continued uncertainty and macroeconomic headwinds, Etsy continues to rise to the occasion to deliver solid results that show us maintaining most of the gains reported during the extremely strong year-ago period," said Josh Silverman, Etsy, Inc. CEO.

Founded by a struggling amateur furniture maker Robert Kalin and his two friends, Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY) is one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, focusing on handmade or vintage items.

Marketplaces have existed for centuries. Where once it was a main street in a small town or a mall in the suburbs, sellers benefitted from proximity to one another because they could draw customers by offering convenience and selection. Today, a myriad of online marketplaces fulfill that same role, aggregating large customer bases, which attracts commission paying sellers, generating flywheel scale effects which feed back into further customer acquisition.

Sales Growth

Etsy's revenue growth over the last three years has been incredible, averaging 61.3% annually. The initial impact of the pandemic was positive for Etsy's revenue, but growth rates subsequently normalized.

Etsy Total Revenue

This quarter, Etsy reported an mediocre 5.19% year on year revenue growth, roughly in line with what analysts expected.

Guidance for the next quarter indicates Etsy is expecting revenue to grow 6.82% year on year to $565 million, slowing down from the 23.3% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 22.1% over the next twelve months.

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Usage Growth

As a online marketplace, Etsy generates revenue growth both by growing the number of buyers using the platform and how much each of those buyers spends.

Over the last two years the number of Etsy's active buyers, a key usage metric for the company, grew 39.9% annually to 95.1 million users. This is among the fastest growth of any consumer internet company, indicating that users are excited about the offering.

Etsy Active Buyers

In Q1 the company added 4.44 million active buyers, translating to a 4.9% growth year on year.

Key Takeaways from Etsy's Q1 Results

Sporting a market capitalization of $12.7 billion, more than $982.2 million in cash and with positive free cash flow over the last twelve months, we're confident that Etsy has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.

We struggled to find many strong positives in these results. On the other hand, it was unfortunate to see that the revenue guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations and the revenue growth was quite weak. Overall, this quarter's results could have been better. The company is down 11.7% on the results and currently trades at $96.83 per share.

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