(By Balaseshan) Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN), a local e-commerce marketplace, reported a profit for the second quarter due to higher revenue and gross billings. Yet, shares tumbled 13.9 percent in extended trading as revenue fell short of Street's expectations.
Profit for the second quarter was $28.39 million or $0.04 per share, compared to a loss of $107.41 million or $0.35 per share. Adjusted earnings were was $53.84 million or $0.08 per share, compared to a loss of $68.69 million or $0.35 per share last year.
Revenue jumped 44.8% to $568.34 million. Excluding the $32.4 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, revenue growth would have been 53%
Analysts, on average, polled by Thomson Reuters had expected a profit of $0.03 per share on revenue of $573.13 million for the second quarter.
Gross billings, which reflects the gross amounts collected from customers for Groupons sold excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, climbed 38% to $1.29 billion. Excluding the $75.1 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, gross billings growth would have been 47%.
Revenue from North America soared 65.5% to $260.18 million, while International revenue grew 30.9% to $308.15 million.
Looking ahead into the third quarter, the company expects revenue of $580 million to $620 million, a growth of 35% and 44% from last year, while Street predicts $604.49 million.
Income from operations for the third quarter is expected to be between $15 million and $35 million, compared with a loss from operations of $0.2 million in the third quarter 2011. This outlook includes about $30 million of stock-based compensation. The outlook further assumes no acquisitions or investments, or material changes in foreign exchange rates.
GRPN closed Monday's regular session up 1.48% at $7.55. The stock has been trading between $6.35 and $31.14 for the past 52 weeks.