- United States
- Specialty Stores
Consumers' and Investor's Satisfaction is Diverging at Chewy (NYSE:CHWY)
Hopes and dreams often lead the market by a decent margin, as was the case with Chewy, Inc. (NYSE: CHWY), which reached peak valuation before temporarily turning profitable in 2021.
Yet, after missing the earnings for the third consecutive time, the stock is now over 60% below the highs as rising costs threaten the growth story.
Q4 Earnings Results
- Non-GAAP EPS: - US$0.11 (miss by US$0.03)
- Revenue: US$2.39b (miss by US$30m)
- Revenue Growth: +17.2% Y/Y
Check out our latest analysis for Chewy
The Nature of the Problem
Chewy is an online retailer offering a variety of pet food and pet-related items to order online. In the era of digital data, this provides a lot of space for personalization where Chewy can leverage the platform to cater to each client and drive sales by offering the pre-selected product for their pet.
Naturally, this creates large net sales per customer (US$430), but it also drives shipping & logistics costs. These costs hurt many businesses over the last months. For Chewy, they erased about 170 basis points from the gross margin, flipping the adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) to negative.
Current Sector Performance
The following chart shows the vertical sector breakdown:
After the first quarter of the year, the online retail and eCommerce market is down, but it is still slightly outperforming the broad market.
Analysts expect annual earnings growth of 25%, which is lower than the prior year's growth of 36%. You can find the analysis of the U.S online retail industry on our platform.
Despite the near-term turbulence, the forecast for CHWY remains optimistic. Multiple analysts expect the company to return to profitability by 2024 while significantly growing its cash flow.
Currently, the growth forecast is 54%, more than double the industry forecast, which sits at 24.7%.
From a consumer standpoint, Chewy has all the marks of a quality company which can be seen by the growing net sale per customer. Yet, from an investors' perspective, it can be a headache, with extreme volatility and short interest reaching almost 30%.
While shorting the company can be a risky endeavor, given the cult following of the co-founder Ryan Cohen (CEO of GME), long-only investors who make the majority still have to evaluate the company's moat to see whether the growth story can survive the competitors like Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) - who are, if anything, much better positioned to fight-off the logistical pressures.
In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Chewy, and understanding this should be part of your investment process.
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Chewy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the pure play e-commerce business in the United States.
High growth potential with adequate balance sheet.