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Why Etsy Stock Climbed 18.4% in February

By Keith Noonan - Mar 9, 2020 at 4:20PM

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Strong sales momentum and user growth have helped the e-commerce company buck the market's sell-off.

What happened

Shares of Etsy, Inc. (ETSY 6.21%) rose 18.4% in February, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The e-commerce stock bucked trends thanks to strong fourth-quarter earnings results and ended the month with double-digit gains despite dramatic sell-offs for the market to close out the month.

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Etsy shares jumped after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 27 and delivered results that came in well above the market's expectations. The company recorded earnings per share of $0.25 on sales of $270 million, while the average analyst estimate had targeted per-share earnings of $0.16 on revenue of roughly $265 million.

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So what

Etsy's fourth-quarter sales were up 35% year over year, with the number of active sellers on the platform climbing 27.6% year over year and the number of active buyers up 17.5%. Services revenue was up roughly 65% to reach $80.3 million, and gross merchandise sales (GMS) for the quarter grew 32.8% year over year to come in at roughly $1.65 billion. GMS for the full-year period was $4.97 billion -- up 26.5% annually.

For 2020, the company is guiding for GMS to be between $6.2 billion and $6.4 billion -- good for growth of roughly 26.5% at the midpoint of the target. Revenue is projected to be between $1.04 billion and $1.06 billion, representing 28.5% annual growth at the midpoint. Management expects non-GAAP (adjusted) EBITDA for the year will come in between $220 million and $235 million on an adjusted EBITDA margin of roughly 21.5%.

Now what

Etsy shares are down roughly 2% in March trading so far, which is still a relatively impressive performance when viewed in the context of steep sell-offs for the broader market due to plummeting crude oil prices and mounting concerns about the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. 

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Etsy shares trade at roughly 49 times this year's expected earnings and 6.5 times expected sales.  

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