Deutsche Bank Upgrades Coupang Inc (CPNG) to Buy

May 13, 2021 2:30 AM EDT
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(Updated - May 13, 2021 5:42 AM EDT)

Deutsche Bank analyst Peter Milliken upgraded Coupang Inc (NYSE: CPNG) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $46.00 (from $46.00).

The analyst comments "1Q revenue rose 74% to USD4.2bn while gross profit improved 73% to USD733m. Operating loss however widened to (USD267m), due to the rapid roll-out, stock comp and IPO costs. Adjusted EBITDA loss was half of that level. The company was up against a tough comp, as Covid began impacting Korea in January 2021, leading to a strong lift in Coupang's business from early last year, and strong online growth in general. In 1Q21 Koreans did head back to the stores, allowing retail sales growth to hit a two-year high in Q1, growing 7.8% YoY. Online shopping was still strong YoY, up 21.3% YoY. Coupang was growing at three times that rate, and even with the online industry seeing absolute online sales edged down QoQ in 1Q, Coupang revenue was up 11%, showing its position is becoming more entrenched. We see this as a sign of how it has broadened its category penetration - as given its historic strength in consumables, it would have been easy for it to underperform once people returned to stores."

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Shares of Coupang Inc closed at $35.33 yesterday.

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