How Profitable is Boxed?

Shares of Small-cap Internet Retail company Boxed were up 23.5% during today's afternoon session, as the S&P 500 posted a 1.4% change. Today's upwards movement shows that investor interest in BOXD stock is strong -- but how closely have they studied the company's margins?

While Boxed's gross margins for the last year are positive, we are concerned that the company's operating margins are in the red. Gross margins take into account only the cost of revenue, or variable costs -- meaning the cost directly associated with producing the products or providing the service offered by the company.

Operating margins, on the other hand, take into account the company's overhead as well. Overhead, also called fixed costs, includes the company's rent, salaries for personnel not included in cost of revenue, equipment and supplies, amortization, and depreciation. Operating margins tell you about how efficiently Boxed is run, and gross margins tell you how profitable its product line is.

Date Reported Revenue ($ MM) Cost of Revenue ($ MM) Gross Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2021-12-31 177 145 17.98 29.91
2020-12-31 187 161 13.84 143.23
2019-12-31 174 164 5.69 n/a

Boxed's gross margins have a coefficient of variability of 50.0%, with a low percentage rate being more desirable as it indicates stability. Revenues have a delta of 1.1% while cost of revenue is shrinking at a rate of -5.8%, which allows for the company's gross margins to grow at an average 86.6% per year.

Date Reported Total Revenue ($ MM) Operating Expenses ($ MM) Operating Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2021-12-31 177 81 -27.67 -80.5
2020-12-31 187 55 -15.33 59.4
2019-12-31 174 76 -37.76 n/a

The table above tells us that, on average, Boxed has not been profitable over the last four years, which should be a warning sign to prospective investors. To make matter worse, the company's operating margins are sinking at an average annual rate of -10.6%

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