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Will Shopify Stock Be Able to Improve Its Q3 E-commerce Performance While Facing Challenges?

Shopify Stock (NYSE:SHOP)

On Thursday, October 27th, before the market opens, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) plans to release its quarterly financial results. Shopify stock dropped ahead of its quarterly release.

Company losses continued in the second quarter. For the second quarter, it lost $1.2 billion, or $0.95 according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and $0.03 according to an adjusted method, falling short of analyst projections by 6 cents. As if the unexpected loss weren’t bad enough, the reported revenue of $1.3 billion was also $30 million, despite projections.

This year is seen as a transitional period for the corporation since the effects of inflation on customers are expected to last “for the foreseeable future.” Management predicted that the company’s operational losses would continue until the end of the year.

Since the company has to pay to integrate Deliverr, it expects its losses to grow substantially in the third quarter.

According to RBC’s analysis, Q3 e-commerce sales were robust enough to suggest that annual GMV growth would be higher than market expectations. The stock market is expected to maintain its erratic behavior for the foreseeable future.

Revenue is expected to be $1.34B (+19.6% Y/Y), while earnings per share are predicted to be -$0.07 (-108.6% Y/Y).

Within the last three months, there has been one increase and twenty-eight decreases to EPS forecasts. There have been 3 positive changes in revenue forecasts and 28 negative revisions.

The possibility of competing with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) remains “front of mind for investors.” Still, Morgan Stanley believes that Shopify’s pursuit of fulfillment capabilities will make the company’s route to profitability more challenging.

During the period in question, Shopify introduced a new pay scheme to ” give the agency” to workers regarding wage negotiations. Since the last estimate reset, Atlantic Equities has been more optimistic, upgrading the Shopify stock from Neutral to Overweight in August.

While the consensus on Wall Street is to buy Shopify stock, both the SA Quant Rating and the authors’ rating show a Hold.

Shopify has been more successful than expected over the last two years, with a 63% success rate in beating earnings per share and a 63% success rate in beating sales projections.

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