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Earnings Results: Allbirds beats expectations and touts increased sales, but stock falls after hours

Reporting earnings for the first time since going public earlier this month, Allbirds Inc. said Tuesday that new products and strong demand, especially in the U.S., gave a boost to its third-quarter sales.

“Revenue was strong across channels and geographies, growing 33% year over year, with notable strength in U.S. physical retail,” said Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds

co-founder and co-chief executive, in a statement. “Importantly, we saw strong consumer response in the quarter to our new product innovation, including our new Perform Apparel line.”

But the company’s net loss more than doubled in the quarter, which it attributed to higher administrative and selling costs as it opened new stores, increased its headcount and went public. The company opened four stores in the third quarter and two more during the fourth quarter so far, its executives said on the earnings call.

Allbirds shares fell about 6% lower in after-hours trading, after rising more than 2.2% in the regular session to close at $19.24. 

The seller of eco-friendly shoes that are popular with techies said third-quarter revenue rose to $62.7 million from $47.2 million in the year-ago quarter, and increased 40% from the third quarter of 2019.

The company reported a net loss of $13.8 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with $7 million, or 13 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Taking stock-based compensation and other costs into account, adjusted Ebitda loss was $6.3 million, compared with an adjusted Ebitda loss of $3.8 million in the same period last year.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a net loss of $16.6 million, or 11 cents a share, on revenue of $62 million.

Allbirds expects to continue to grow by adding more apparel to its product offerings, opening new stores and expanding internationally, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bufano said on the call. He provided no specific fourth-quarter guidance, but he expressed optimism about the holiday season, which he said is typically Allbirds’ strongest.

The company expects full-year revenue of $270 million to $272 million, while analysts had expected $271.6 million. The company expects adjusted Ebitda loss of $17 million to $15 million, ahead of analysts’ expectation of $20.2 million.

San Francisco-based Allbirds’ stock has fallen more than 30% since it closed at $28.64 on Nov. 3, the day of the company’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq.

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