The deadly and rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak has been wreaking havoc on companies around the world. Nevertheless, some companies — including online pet product retailer Chewy (CHWY) — have emerged as winners amid the chaos.
Here were the main numbers for Chewy’s fourth quarter, compared to Bloomberg estimates:
Adj. EBITDA loss: $5.85 million vs. $17.8 million expected
Adj. loss per share: 15 cents vs. 10 cents
Net sales: $1.35 billion vs. $1.38 billion expected
Chewy expects first-quarter net sales between $1.5 billion to $1.52 billion, exceeding analysts’ expectations for $1.44 billion.
“While 2019 closed on a high note, and 2020 got off to a strong start, the world changed dramatically with the coronavirus outbreak,” CEO Sumit Singh said in the company’s earnings statement.
“In times like these, we know how special and comforting the bond is between humans and pets, and we devote ourselves every day to supporting those special relationships. We are here, 24/7, caring for the safety and well-being of our team members and meeting the increased shop-at-home needs of our customers, staying true to our mission of being the most trusted and convenient online destination for pet parents everywhere,” he added.
Chewy shares have been on fire this year. Chewy stock surged 23% so far this year, while the broader market plunged nearly 22% during the same time period. Investors piled into the name on hopes of a sales surge, as people stocked up on essential pet supplies during the pandemic.
According to a couple key data findings, Chewy’s momentum will likely continue into the first quarter. Bank of America gathered aggregated credit and debit card spend at pet retailers through March 24. The monthly data for January showed year-over-year growth of 6.5% and 9.8% growth in February.
“We note a significant acceleration in March, with data showing y/y daily spending growth averaging 21% through 3/24 and peaking at 58% on 3/16. We note pet retailer strength trending stronger matches recent BAC credit/debit card data showing strength in staples like grocery,” the firm wrote in a note Wednesday.
In addition, alternative data firm Thinknum found that the number of people talking about Chewy on Facebook increased significantly in recent weeks. “What’s notable is – similar to other brands likely outperforming through the pandemic – Chewy’s Talking About Count kept rising last month, a signal it was on consumers’ minds as they were cooped up at home,” Thinknum Finance Editor Jon Marino wrote.
Heidi Chung is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @heidi_chung.
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