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Here's Why Eventbrite Is Plunging Today

By Matthew Frankel, CFP® - May 2, 2019 at 12:07PM

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The event-ticketing company's stock is down 30% after disappointing results

What happened

Event-ticketing company Eventbrite (EB -4.11%) reported its first-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, and to say that investors are disappointed would be a massive understatement. As of 11:20 a.m. EDT on Thursday, the stock was down by about 30%. This comes after already-dismal performance so far in 2019.

So what

Plunges like this generally indicate more than a simple earnings miss, and that's certainly the case here.

Crowd of people watching a concert.

Image source: Getty Images.

For starters, Eventbrite did miss EPS expectations, reporting a loss of $0.13 per share, significantly worse than the $0.08 per-share loss analysts had been looking for, and much worse than the break-even quarter the company posted in the first quarter of 2018.

The company missed on the top line as well. Although Eventbrite's $81.3 million in revenue represented 9.1% year-over-year growth, it fell nearly $2 million short of analysts' expectations.

As if this weren't bad enough, Eventbrite's guidance was pretty dismal. For the second quarter, the company expects $74-$78 million in revenue, while analysts had been looking for $82 million. That's a big disappointment.

Now what

To be sure, Eventbrite's first quarter wasn't completely terrible. Ticket sales on the company website grew by 15% year over year to 27 million.

Going forward, if Eventbrite can continue to grow at a double-digit rate and make that growth translate to profits, the stock could be cheap at the current levels. However, based on the numbers the company just reported, a 30% drop doesn't seem like an overreaction.

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