Underwriters were mixed on Groupon, sending its shares plunging more than 5 percent midday to $22.08. A day earlier, Groupon rallied in anticipation of good news.
The company, which held its IPO in early November, recently launched Groupon Now, an inventory-management system, and Groupon Rewards, a customer-retention program.
The move sought to expand the company’s offerings into such areas as goods, travel and event ticketing.
“That’s a highly, highly competitive arena. You’re essentially, then, taking on Amazon, eBay, other companies like that,” Mahaney said. “We don’t know whether this management team in this company can stretch to do that.”
Mahaney added that there was time left to have leadership tested in the six-month lockup period during which employees are prohibited from selling stock.
Mahaney shared his assessments of a couple other online favorites:
Amazon.com : The stock slipped on a few concerns. “How low could margins go? Are we going to see negative margins in the first half of 2012?” Mahaney said. Talk of trouble with the company’s Kindle Fire also weighed on the stock. “Amazon is becoming a product-cycle company in part, so the stock will go up or down on perceptions of those products,”
Google : Mahaney said he liked the Internet giant’s valuation, trading at 13 times earnings and called it a great derivative play mobile Internet and TV ad budgets. “It’s our top pick in the Internet space,” he said.
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