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Why Yeti Holdings Stock Lost a Third of Its Value in May

By Keith Noonan – Jun 11, 2019 at 5:57AM

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Yeti was up big heading into last month, but its first-quarter report helped put bullish sentiment on ice.

What happened

Shares of Yeti Holdings (YETI -1.52%) fell 33% in May, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock retreated early in the month after investors decided that its first-quarter results and guidance weren't strong enough to justify the company's valuation, and its share price continued to trend lower through the month amid sell-offs for the broader market.

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Yeti reported first-quarter results on May 2 and delivered sales and earnings for the period that came in significantly ahead of the average analyst targets. While the company put up solid sales and earnings beats in the quarter and raised its earnings guidance, it looks like those weren't enough for investors to continue backing the stock's bullish run. 

A Yeti cooler in khaki and light green.

Image source: Yeti.

So what

Yeti's first-quarter revenue increased 15% year over year to reach $155.4 million and surpass the analyst target for sales of $143.2 million. Earning per share of $0.06 also came in well ahead of the analyst target for per-share earnings of $0.02. The company expects full-year sales to grow between 11.5% and 13%, and it raised its target earnings range to between $1.02 and $1.06 per share -- up from its previous guidance for per-share earnings between $0.99 to $1.04. Hitting the midpoint of its target would see earnings expanding roughly 14% annually. 

The company did record revenue in Q1 for some items that will actually ship in Q2, which may have been taken as a bad omen by investors. Heading into May, the thermos and cooler company's stock had climbed a whopping 140% through the year. Yeti had managed to defy a sizable contingent of bears and put the squeeze on short-sellers, but it looks like investors may have simply decided that its valuation was too rich to justify and taken the few elements of uncertainty that had been mixed in with the mostly good news as an opportunity to take gains on the stock. 

Now what

Yeti stock has seen a bit of recovery in June, with shares gaining roughly 5.8% in the month so far. 

YETI Chart

YETI data by YCharts.

Shares trade at roughly 2.4 times this year's expected sales and 24 times expected earnings.

Keith Noonan has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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