GoPro sales top diminished expectations amid pandemic

GoPro sales top diminished expectations amid pandemic

Losses for the second quarter were wider than anticipated

GoPro Inc. saw losses swell and revenue decline in the second quarter as the pandemic forced closures of retail stores, but sales came in ahead of expectations with management citing “resilient” demand.

Shares were down more than 2% in after-hours trading Thursday.

The company posted a net loss of $51 million, or 34 cents a share, compared with a loss of $11.3 million, or 8 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. On an adjusted basis, GoPro GPRO, -0.62% lost 20 cents a share, whereas it earned an adjusted 3 cents a share a year prior. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a 17-cent adjusted loss per share.

GoPro’s revenue for the second quarter declined to $134.2 million from $292.4 million a year earlier. The company’s revenue came in above the FactSet consensus of $114.2 million, which had come down from a prior estimate of $137.4 million as of late April and a forecast for $255.8 million as of late March.

“Our direct-to-consumer model is gaining momentum and we’re seeing a faster-than-expected rebound at retail,” Chief Financial Officer Brian McGee said. GoPro disclosed in its earnings release that sales from accounted for 44% of revenue and that channel inventory declined 25% sequentially.

The company said in prepared comments released on its investor site that demand “consistently improved throughout the quarter” and that the company set a new quarterly record for the number of people starting free trials of its Plus service. Plus hit a monthly free-trial record in June that it then surpassed in July, and management expects 600,000 to 700,000 paying Plus subscribers by the end of the year, up from 372,000 in the second quarter.

GoPro saw 95% of revenue coming from cameras priced above $300 in the quarter, which McGee said in the prepared comments was a continuation of past momentum for higher-priced cameras.

“Assuming we do not see a further erosion of consumer confidence due to the pandemic, our expectation is that we will be profitable in the second half of 2020 and nearly break-even to profitable for full year 2020,” he said in the comments.

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Chief Executive Nick Woodman said in a statement that the company has seen “resilient consumer demand for GoPro” and argued that the brand “has proven to be a part of global consumers’ ‘new normal’ during the pandemic.”

Shares of GoPro have gained 71% over the past three months as the S&P 500 SPX, +0.64% has risen 18%.

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