Online mobile e-commerce company ContextLogic Inc. (WISH) in San Francisco, operates the e-commerce platform Wish, which offers marketplace and logistics services to merchants. WISH’s shares have plummeted 24.9% in price over the past month and 52.2% year-to-date, driven down by the company’s underwhelming first-quarter earnings performance and continuing headwinds in its business due to reduced user retention and new buyer conversion. Furthermore, the company experienced significant operating losses because of increased advertising costs and brand development expenses.
Closing its last session at $1.54, the stock is trading 89.9% below its 52-week high of $15.18. With global supply chain woes weighing heavily on the e-commerce player’s active buyers and revenue prospects, the stock could suffer a further pullback in the coming days.
Although WISH has been making efforts to ramp up advertising and launch new initiatives, including the launch of a Women’s Fashion Category, we think the company’s growing dependence on Chinese merchants as it continues to struggle with quality issues could make investors anxious about the stock.
Here is what could influence WISH’s performance in the near term:
Grappling With Challenges
The online mobile shopping platform operator’s monthly active users declined nearly 73% in the first quarter, ended March 31, 2022, compared to the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. In addition, its LTM active buyers declined by roughly 54% year-over-year. This could be primarily attributable to reduced digital advertising expenditures and a substantial decline in conversion.
Furthermore, last year, French regulators ordered search engines and online platforms to remove WISH from their listings due to concerns surrounding product safety. As the company continues to struggle with quality concerns and shipping issues that are disrupting the delivery of its merchants’ products to its users, the popular e-commerce site’s stock could take a hit.
WISH’s total revenue came in at $189 million for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2022, down 76% year-over-year. Its core marketplace revenue declined 81%, while its logistics revenue declined 65%. Furthermore, its operating loss stood at $62 million for the quarter, while its net loss came in at $60 million. The company’s cash flow from operating activities was negative $146 million, while its free cash flow stood at negative $148 million. In addition, WISH reported adjusted EBITDA of negative $40 million, and its adjusted EBITDA margin came in at negative 21%.
The company’s trailing-12-month ROTC, ROE, and ROA are negative 19.8%, 34.8%, and 26.1%, respectively. Also, its net income margin and EBITDA margin are negative 19.5% and 17.9%, respectively.
Weak Growth Expectation
Analysts expect WISH’s revenues to be $887.03 million in its fiscal 2022, indicating a 57.5% decline year-over-year. Furthermore, its EPS is expected to remain negative this year and next year. In addition, the negative $0.17 consensus EPS estimate indicates a 70% decline from its year-ago value. And its EPS is expected to decline 7% year-over-year in the current year to a negative $0.61.
POWR Ratings Reflect Bleak Prospects
WISH has an overall D rating, which translates to Sell in our POWR Ratings system. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 distinct factors with each factor weighted to an optimal degree.
Our proprietary rating system also evaluates each stock based on eight distinct categories. WISH has a C grade for Quality. This reflects the stock’s negative ROE, ROA, and ROTC.
In terms of Sentiment grade, the company has a D, reflective of a bearish analyst sentiment surrounding the stock. Also, it has an F grade for Stability.
In its recently released SEC filing, the mobile e-commerce operator stated that it expects losses from operations to continue for the near future as it suffers costs and expenses related to the development of its brand. In fact, the company’s poor financial health and a decline in user retention and conversion could negatively impact its growth. Furthermore, headwinds related to supply chain disruptions and quality issues and their impact on the company’s business have raised investor concerns surrounding the stock. So, we think it is best avoided now.
How Does ContextLogic (WISH) Stack Up Against its Peers?
While WISH has an overall D (Sell) rating in our proprietary rating system, one might want to consider taking a look at its industry peer, Yelp Inc. (YELP), which has an A (Strong Buy) rating.
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WISH shares fell $1.54 (-100.00%) in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, WISH has declined -50.48%, versus a -15.16% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
About the Author: Imon Ghosh
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