​GPRO Stock Tanks Amid Lower-Than-Expected Sales With Media Company Announcement

GPRO Stock
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Jan. 14, 2016

GPRO stock took a big hit after camera sales are down with a company not generating meaningful revenue. GPRO, or GoPro, had a very successful IPO in 2014 as it reached a high of almost $100 per share that same year, but it is now trading at just $12.69, according to Investopedia.

Shares of the stock tumbled 16 percent in mid-day trading Thursday after the company announced that it was going to miss revenue forecasts for the fourth quarter. There are several reasons for GPRO’s swift decline. The company’s high-def cameras are targeted at mountain bikers, snowboarders and other extreme sports enthusiasts.

GPRO stock tanks amid low sales for high-def cameras

GPRO stock tanks amid low sales for high-def cameras

GoPro has had trouble expanding their appeal to others. A new flagship camera, the Hero4 Session, launched over the summer at $399. But the company cut that price in half by December, leading GoPro to take a $21 million charge on the lower-than-expected sales. As the camera quality on smartphones continues to improve, demand for GoPros from anyone who isn’t BASE jumping may dwindle.

As the GPRO stock has tumbled, the company is trying to recast itself as a media company that distributes high-octane content to a millennial audience, similarly to what Red Bull is doing. The company is handing out cash awards to GoPro owners who share the most thrilling content in order to bolster its brand.

So far, though, these early efforts haven’t made GoPro a significant amount of money. And the executive in charge of GoPro Entertainment, Zander Lurie, recently jumped ship to serve as CEO of SurveyMonkey, leaving the company’s media ambitions in question.

Finally, the company is being forced to slash its workforce after growing more than 50% annually over the last two years. GoPro says it will shave its headcount by 7% in the coming months, an effort that will cost $5 to $10 million in severance payments.

Zander Lurie

These compounding issues led GoPro to announce that it generated about $435 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, well below analysts’ expectations of $512 million. Several banks have since slashed their price targets for the company’s stock, Reuters reports.

While the GPRO stock is down, GoPro is hoping that virtual reality gear and the launch of a GoPro drone can help reverse its fortunes as the sell-off continues. There’s reason for optimism on both fronts. Drones catapulted into the world of mainstream consumer products over the holiday season, while VR is set to do the same in 2016. But the company faces stiff competition in both arenas, meaning success is far from guaranteed.

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