It’s Amazon’s Worst Day Since July 2006 As Its Stock Dips 14%

Amazon Via Unsplash Andrew Stickelman
Amazon Via Unsplash Andrew Stickelman

Shares of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) closed down 14% on Friday after the company shared a revenue outlook for the current quarter that was below Wall Street’s estimates. It’s Amazon’s worst day since July 2006.

Amazon said Thursday it forecast revenue between $116 billion to $121 billion in the second quarter, trailing the $125.5 billion average analyst estimate, according to Refinitiv.

The firm’s operating expenses are soaring in contrast to its sales. Amazon invested heavily to staff up its warehouses and combat supply chain challenges, and it now faces rising inflation, as well as increasing transportation and labor costs.

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The second-quarter forecast suggests revenue growth could plummet to around 3% to 7% compared to last year, suggesting a continuous slowdown from the first quarter, when revenue at Amazon surged by 7%.

Amazon also lost about $3.8 billion in the first quarter, compared with a profit of $8.1 billion a year ago. The company’s investment in electric vehicle maker Rivian weighed on its profits.

“While sales were short of expectations by a mere $6 million, the bigger headline was the company’s first quarterly loss since 2015, at a loss per share of $7.56, or nearly $16.00 shy of the Street’s earnings per share expectations,” said William Blair analysts, who have an outperform rating on Amazon shares, in a note to clients on Thursday. “Under the hood, the company reported an $8 billion pretax loss related to its investment in Rivian Automotive. Recall the company reported a $12 billion benefit in the prior quarter related to the investment. We estimate the company’s earnings per share excluding the investment-related loss would be roughly $3.40, still, 60% below consensus as the company continues to face headwinds related to shipping, labor, excess capacity, and tough prior-year comparisons.”

Analysts like Truist Securities’ Youssef Squali remain bullish that Amazon will perform in the second half of 2022.

“We should start seeing material improvement to labor and fixed cost efficiency in 2H22, starting with Prime Day in July and then in the seasonally strong 4Q22,” said Squali, who recommends buying Amazon shares.