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Why Beyond Meat Is Down 3% This Morning

By Rich Duprey - May 7, 2021 at 11:29AM

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It could have been a lot worse.

What happened

Shares of Beyond Meat (BYND 0.08%) were down 3% in morning trading Friday after the plant-based meat alternative maker reported first-quarter results that missed analyst expectations by a wide margin.

So what

While revenue rose 11% in the period to $108 million, that was below the 17% gain Wall Street was anticipating. Similarly, analysts were expecting Beyond Meat to post losses for the quarter, but only to the extent of $0.19 per share. The $0.42-per-share loss the company recorded, even after adjusting for one-time items, was much worse than expected.

Plant-based meatless patties on a cutting board

Image source: Getty Images.

Now what

Although Beyond Meat's stock is down, it's not the rout investors might expect from the company getting ground down in the quarter.

That could be because it was going up against some tough comparables from last year. Sales exploded over 140% higher last year as a meat shortage, coupled with consumer stockpiling, helped drive sales higher.

As Beyond Meat previously noted, consumers are still hoarding food (and other consumer goods), just not to the extent they had been. Also, it sees a "slow thaw" developing in its foodservice business.

Beyond Meat's retail segment remains robust both here and abroad, but the foodservice segment is still depressed, especially overseas. But it sees that beginning to change, and investors may be giving the plant-based meat alternative the opportunity to get beyond this exceptional market period.

Rich Duprey has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Beyond Meat, Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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