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Key Takeaways from GoPro Q2 earnings call

GoPro’s (NASDAQ: GPRO) stock has plunged about 13% today closing at $4.39. The company’s stock has been range-bound between $4-5 after the release of the Q2 results yesterday after the bell.

The camera maker’s headline numbers fell short of estimates. However, the management was bullish on the second half of 2019 period lifting the revenue outlook for the fiscal 2019 period.

Here are the key takeaways from the GoPro Q2 earnings conference call.

Raising Fiscal Revenue Outlook

GoPro raised its full-year revenue outlook to $1.25-1.28 billion, translating to 9-12% growth range compared to prior guidance range of 7-10%. Non-GAAP earnings is projected to come in at 35-45 cents per share.

The raise in outlook is primarily attributed to increased sales of higher-end cameras and new product launches planned during the holiday season. For the full-year period, analysts are anticipating sales of $1.26 billion and adjusted earnings of 38 cents per share.

Looking Beyond Hardware

The company is taking concerted steps to offer subscription-based services to its users which it believes would yield high margins. The $5/month Plus subscription service saw 15% jump in paid subscribers. GoPro has extended the subscription service now to 30 countries.

GoPro Q2 2019 Earnings
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On the software front, the merger of Quik and GoPro app would bring both users on one platform improving the user experience for the app users. Since most of the users of the app are non-GoPro users, the company plans to improve engagement with these users which would result in improved monetization from this cohort who would buy its products/services.

Moving Production to Mexico

In order to protect itself from the vagaries of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, GoPro is moving camera products production to Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican facility is going to produce most of the cameras for the US market for the latter half of 2019. This shift is expected to bring in cost savings and improvement in supply chain.

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