OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter as its revenue jumped 71 per cent compared with a year ago.
The Ottawa-based online store platform company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it lost $3 million or three cents per share in the last three months of 2017.
That compared with a loss of $8.9 million or 10 cents per share a year earlier.
But revenue totalled $222.8 million, up from $130.4 million.
On an adjusted basis, Shopify said it earned $14.7 million or 15 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted loss of $400,000 or zero cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of five cents per share and $209.3 million in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters.
“That our merchants sold more in the fourth quarter than in all of 2015, achieving one billion dollars of this in just four days, speaks to how far we have come in the past few years,” Shopify chief financial officer Russ Jones said in a statement.
“Our leadership role in commerce, together with the scale we have achieved, position us well to invest in our next phase of growth: one marked by expansion of our capabilities upmarket and down, in retail, in our ecosystem, and internationally.”
Shopify recently landed a big contract with the Ontario government, which announced Feb. 13 that it would use Shopify’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.
The company’s shares were down $4.89, or 2.85 per cent, to $166.60 in late morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Shopify’s stock has recovered from a steep sell-off in October 2017, sparked by allegations by high-profile short-seller Andrew Left of Citron Research. He said the company, which provides businesses with online checkout services, doesn’t comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines and suggested the stock’s value is closer to US$60 before any potential FTC involvement.
Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke told investors in October that the company sells an e-commerce platform — not business opportunities — and complies with FTC regulations.
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