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Groupon shares at an all-time low as results disappoint investors

Whither Groupon? The daily deals company saw its shares plumb new depths yesterday after its third-quarter earnings missed analysts' expectations. At the close shares were $3.92 but in after-hours trading, they sank to an all-time low of $3.32 . The shares are now more than 80% down from the initial public offering price of $20 last November . Other newly public Web companies including Facebook and Zynga are also having a tough time with investors. Chicago-based Groupon posted a net loss of $2.98 million down from a loss of $54.2 million in the same quarter last year. The declining popularity of daily deals is said to be one factor affecting Groupon. New sources of revenue include an e-commerce service introduced last year, Groupon Goods. Sameet Sinha, an analyst at B. Riley & Co. in San Francisco, told the Wall Street Journal, “The core business is slowing down dramatically and this other business is growing really fast. It is very low-margin revenue so far.” Groupon revenue was $568.6 million, up 32% from $430.2 million a year earlier. Sounds good. But the company's own forecast was $580 million to $620 million.

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