Shares of Mid-cap Specialty Retail company Wayfair were up 4.5% during today's afternoon session. Today's upwards movement shows that investor interest in W stock is strong -- but how closely have they studied the company's margins?
While Wayfair'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 Wayfair is run, and gross margins tell you how profitable its product line is.
|Date Reported||Revenue ($ k)||Cost of Revenue ($ k)||Gross Margins (%)||YoY Growth (%)|
Wayfair's gross margins have a coefficient of variability of 9.3%, with a low percentage rate being more desirable as it indicates stability. Revenues have a delta of 7.6% while cost of revenue is shrinking at a rate of -6.0%, which allows for the company's gross margins to grow at an average 4.4% per year.
|Date Reported||Total Revenue ($ k)||Operating Expenses ($ k)||Operating Margins (%)||YoY Growth (%)|
The table above tells us that, on average, Wayfair has not been profitable over the last four years, which should be a warning sign to prospective investors. Indeed, the company's operating margins are sinking at rate of -1.3%