- SmileDirectClub shares tank as much as 20% after first earnings report since IPO
- The company’s shares dipped 28% on its first trading day in September
- The president of the company David Katzman remains confident that the firm’s fortunes will soon turn around even as they project revenue of $1.2 billion for 2019
SmileDirectClub’s shares tanked by as much as 20% on Wednesday in midday trading after the company released its first quarterly report since floating its shares in September.
According to the quarterly report released by the company which deals in teeth aligners, loss per share for the quarter stood at 89 cents and revenue of $180.2 million vs. $165.4 million as forecasted by Refinitiv consensus estimates. SmileDirectClub reported a third-quarter net loss of $387.6 million compared to a net loss of $14.95 million a year ago.
“You can expect us to continue to fight in order to protect the access to care that consumers want and deserve,” SmileDirectClub CEO David Katzman told analysts on a conference call reviewing its earnings.
The company’s full-year prediction indicates that it expects to pull in revenues of between $750 million and $755 million.
When the company made its first debut in September, its shares slid 28% on its first full trading day, recording the worst ever performing unicorn this year with a valuation of more than $1 billion.
The 2014-founded start-up retails teeth aligners directly to its consumers on its “Smile Shops” and website. The products retail at an average price of $1,895 for a two-year plan.
Founders Fenkell and Jordan Katzman are confident of disrupting the orthodontics sector with affordable teeth-aligning solutions, convenient door-to-door deliveries, as well as targeted social media advertising.
SmileDirectClub’s quarter four projection fell short of analysts’ estimates, casting doubts on the company’s ability to meet investors’ expectations. Various analysts led by Glen Santangelo at Guggenheim on Wednesday questioned the ability of the teeth-aligning firm to meet its next year’s projected revenue of $1.2 billion, with some describing it as being “too ambitious” considering its current growth rate.
Compared to last year’s third quarter legal expenditure, this year’s has doubled following a series of newly introduced regulations for online dentistry operators. Other notable items of expenditure include a one-time charge of $324 million related to stock-based compensation and a $6 million charge related to its IPO costs.
The share price of the company closed the market at $8.83 on Wednesday, depicting approximately a 61% drop from its $23-IPO price.