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Revolve stock plunges after first earnings loss since IPO

Key Points
  • Shares of online retailing platform Revolve sink after the company reports a loss in its first financial report since going public in June.
  • Revolve reported a second-quarter net loss of $28.1 million, or 57 cents a share.
  • Revenue rose to $161.9 million, up 22% from $131.8 million in the year-earlier period.
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Revolve co-CEOs Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas on Q2 earnings

Shares of online retailing platform Revolve fell 15% Friday after the company reported a surprising loss, despite topping revenue expectations.

It was the company's first earnings announcement since it became public in June.

Revolve reported a second-quarter net loss of $28.1 million, or 57 cents a share, compared with net income of $10.5 million, or 15 cents a share, last year.

After excluding the impact of a one-time $41 million stock repurchase, which caused a 75-cent reduction, the company reported adjusted earnings per share of 18 cents, just short of the 19-cent estimate from analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.

Revenue rose to $161.9 million, up 22% from $131.8 million in the year-earlier period, beating expectations of $159.9 million.

The company reported the number of active customers grew to 1.36 million, up 36% from last year. In a note, Jeffries analyst Randal Konik said the growth showed "strong brand momentum and healthy fundamentals." Customers also placed 1.29 million orders with the company, a year-over-year increase of 31%.

However, Konik said the average value of a customer's order fell 2% to $275 due to the mix of products sold.

"As RVLV continues to expand its active customer base, grow internationally, add new influencers to its network, and introduce new product categories, we see ample opportunity to expand its [total addressable market]," he said. "We believe there is also a significant opportunity to increase share within its U.S. core demographic, given REVOLVE's low penetration of less than 3%."

Shares of the company are up 72% since its trading debut, valuing the company at around $2.1 billion.