Coupang reports $295 million net loss in first quarter

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Coupang reports $295 million net loss in first quarter

Coupang office in Songpa, western Seoul. [NEWS1]

Coupang office in Songpa, western Seoul. [NEWS1]

 
Coupang reported a huge loss and a dramatic miss in its first earnings announcement as a public company, the stock dropping below its IPO price in after-hours trade.
 
 
According to the e-commerce operator, its net loss was $295 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss of $105 million in the same quarter the previous year.
 
 
On a per share basis, the company lost $0.68. Analysts had been anticipating a $0.16 loss per share.
 
 
Coupang's total net revenues were up by 74 percent during the same period to $4.2 billion. The number of active customers grew 21 percent on-year to 16 million, and total net revenues per active customer jumped by 44 percent to $262 in the first quarter.
 
 
The announcement was made after the market closed on Wednesday in New York. Coupang's stock ended the day at $35.33, down 2.54 percent, and then dropped another 2.8 percent in after-hours trading to $34.35.
 
 
Coupang went public on the New York Stock Exchange on March 11 at $35.00.
 
 
BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
 
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