For the first time since its 2015 IPO, Shopify (TSX:SHOP) filed third quarter results that missed the mark in terms of earnings. The company reported a loss of $0.29 per share when only $0.11 was expected. One important thing to keep in mind, the loss was primarily due to a one-time tax provision. Lets take a deeper look at how Shopify did in the third quarter.
Shopify (TSX:SHOP) third quarter snapshot
**All financials are compared year over year
Shopify is still seeing revenue growth in the near 50% range, as the company reported revenue of $390.6 million, which is 45% higher than one year ago today. Over the same time frame, Shopify increased MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue) by 34% and its Subscription Solution revenue grew 37% to $165.6 million.
Gross profit is up 45% to sit at $216.7 million and gross merchandise volume increased 48%. The company is growing its cash on hand significantly, and reports that it has $2.67 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. This is an increase of nearly 36%.
Shopify saw its merchant base grow to over one million in the quarter, and announced the availability for merchants in the United States to start selling CBD products on its platform. The company is also making strides to reducing its environmental impact, as it launched the Shopify Sustainability Fund, which will contribute at minimum $5 million annually to reducing its overall carbon footprint.
The company lost $72.8 million in the quarter compared to $23.2 million in the same quarter last year, but like I said above, its important to keep in mind that this included a one-time tax provision in the form of a capital gain of $48.3 million.
Outlook moving forward for Shopify
Shopify expects to post revenue of $1.55 billion in 2019, which would be a 44.8% increase compared to 2018’s revenue of $1.07 billion. This is a boost in previous guidances in which the company expected to post yearly revenue between $1.51 and $1.53 billion. In the fourth quarter, the company expects revenue of $472-482 million, which is also ahead of its previous expectations of $470.6 million.
The company is continually developing better ways to serve merchants internationally, and is reflected in its ability to grow recurring revenue, which is one of the most important things to take away from this quarter.
For shareholders, Shopify continues to provide excellent growth moving forward, and I’d expect them to keep doing so. The stock is only down about 1.3% at the time of writing, primarily due to the fact that the offset in earnings was due to the one-time expense.
The company is still expensive, make no doubt about it. Trading at nearly 37 times sales and 21 times book value, there is a significant amount of growth priced into this stock already. Investors looking for a dip this morning to buy in may be disappointed, as investor confidence remains high.
**Daniel Kent is long SHOP.TO