Online home goods retailer Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK) fell short of analyst expectations in Q2 FY2022 quarter, with revenue down 33.5% year on year to $528.1 million. Overstock made a GAAP profit of $7.14 million, down on its profit of $309.9 million, in the same quarter last year.
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Overstock (OSTK) Q2 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $528.1 million vs analyst estimates of $600.7 million (12% miss)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $0.19 vs analyst estimates of $0.42 ($0.23 miss)
- Free cash flow was negative $14.5 million, down from positive free cash flow of $29.9 million in previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 22.9%, up from 22% same quarter last year
- Annual Active Customers: 6.5 million, down 2.7 million year on year
"Our disciplined execution and differentiated asset-light operating model allowed us to remain profitable for the ninth consecutive quarter, even with weak consumer sentiment, ongoing macroeconomic and geopolitical volatility, higher inflation, and significant competitive pressures including competitors liquidating their excess owned inventory," said Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson.
Originally launched as a website focusing on selling clearance sale electronics and home goods merchandise, Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK) is a leading online retailer of home goods, primarily furniture.
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Overstock's revenue growth over the last three years has been strong, averaging 23.2% annually. The initial impact of the pandemic was positive for Overstock's revenue, pulling forward sales, but quarterly revenue subsequently normalized, year over year.
This quarter, Overstock reported a rather lacklustre 33.5% year on year revenue decline, missing analyst expectations.
Ahead of the earnings results the analysts covering the company were estimating sales to grow 2.25% over the next twelve months.
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As an online retailer, Overstock generates revenue growth by growing both the number of buyers, and the average order size.
Over the last two years the number of Overstock's active buyers, a key usage metric for the company, grew 24.1% annually to 6.5 million users. This is a strong growth for a consumer internet company.
Unfortunately, in Q2 the number of active buyers decreased by 2.7 million, a 29.3% drop year on year.
Key Takeaways from Overstock's Q2 Results
With a market capitalization of $1.2 billion Overstock is among smaller companies, but its more than $442.6 million in cash and the fact it is operating close to free cash flow break-even put it in a robust financial position to invest in growth.
We struggled to find many strong positives in these results. On the other hand, there was a decline in number of users and the revenue growth was quite weak. Overall, it seems to us that this was a complicated quarter for Overstock. The company currently trades at $27.79 per share.
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