In a research report released Friday, Brean Capital analyst Fawne Jiang reiterated a Hold rating on E Commerce China Dangdang Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DANG), after the company reported mixed first-quarter results, with revenue beating but earnings missing expectations, and provided soft second-quarter guidance.
Jiang observed, “After delivering profitability for five consecutive quarters, the company incurred a loss in 1Q15 due to stepped-up investments for new strategic initiatives, specifically mobile and digital content. While we are positive on DANG’s investment in new initiatives to capture long-term growth opportunities, we remain cautious on the company’s overall outlook in 2015 given 1) deceleration of its Marketplace business; 2) a declining gross margin outlook; and 3) operating margins under pressure from the stepped-up investment.”
Furthermore, “We believe ecommerce remains a highly competitive industry, and given DANG’s smaller size, the company is still facing headwinds in market positioning and attaining significant scale. We maintain a Hold rating on the name. We could become incrementally more positive if DANG could show improving earnings outlook in the coming quarters.”
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