Groupon’s stock craters after earnings as CEO says business ‘continues to be challenged’

Groupon Inc. shares were tumbling more than 20% in Thursday’s extended session after the discounting marketplace announced a new rights offering and acknowledged “challenged” business conditions.

The company said in a Thursday afternoon release that its board approved an $80 million fully backstopped rights offering to all holders of its common stock. The rights offering will occur through the distribution of nontransferable subscription rights to purchase common stock at a price of $11.30 a share.


also posted third-quarter results, showing revenue down to $126.5 million from $144.4 million a year prior and slightly below the $129.7 million FactSet consensus, which is based on estimates from three analysts.

The company logged a net loss of $41.4 million, or $1.31 a share, compared with a loss of $56.2 million, or $1.86 a share, in the year-earlier period.

“We are turning our focus to delivering projects across product, engineering, sales, marketing and revenue management that we expect will reinvigorate our marketplace and position our business to return to growth,” interim CEO Dusan Senkypl said in a release.

Added Senkypl: “While we did not make as much progress on key projects as I expected and our business continues to be challenged, I am pleased to see sequential improvement in our financial performance, Local Billings return to growth, and our plan to strengthen our liquidity position.”

In addition, co-founder Eric Lefkofsky plans to leave Groupon’s board of directors, according to Thursday’s release. “With a new management team and the announcement of today’s financing strategy, I am confident that Groupon is on the right track to become the ultimate destination for experiences and services,” Lefkofsky said.

Groupon’s stock is up 58% so far this year but off 97% from its 2011 all-time high.

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