Cettire Shares Rise Then Fall on March Quarter Update (ASX:CTT)
Online fashion retailer Cettire [ASX:CTT] rose as high as 19% Thursday morning before retracing and falling 7% in the afternoon on a March quarter-trading update.
The intraday volatility echoes Cettire’s year-long turbulence.
Having traded as high as $4.8 a share last November, CTT shares now trade at 68 cents.
The company’s share price is down 60% in the last 12 months.
Cettire’s quarter by the numbers
Here are the key (unaudited) figures from Cettire’s trading update for the March quarter.
CTT recorded gross revenue of $70 million in Q3 FY22, up 178% on the prior corresponding period.
Unique website visits were up 269%, totalling 13.3 million.
The spike in website visits led to the number of orders rising 173% to 99,671.
Active customers at the end of the March quarter totalled 246,880, up 185% on the prior corresponding quarter.
However, the growth wasn’t all good news.
Cettire’s conversation rate — no doubt partly due to soaring website traffic — dropped from 1.01% to 0.75%.
The average order value also fell 2% in the quarter.
Further, CTT continues to have a problem with a widening discrepancy between gross revenue and sales revenue.
In Q3 FY21, sales revenue was 73% of gross revenue.
In Q3 FY22, however, sales revenue was 69% of gross revenue.
Cettire launches mobile applications
Cettire reported that its customers can now download Android and iOS mobile apps, move designed to reach a wider market and improve shopping experience.
Using these apps will mean customers can browse the Cettire catalogue on their phones with access to ‘checkouts’ and ‘wishlists’.
Cettire reported that 80% of its website traffic has come from mobile usage.
CTT founder and CEO Dean Mintz said of the mobile app:
‘The launch of our mobile app represents a key milestone in the execution of our growth strategy and further extends our proprietary technology platform, whilst enhancing brand and customer experience.
‘Mobile applications are a critical component of our growth strategy to acquire new customers, increase conversion rates and improve retention.
‘While the majority of our traffic is already mobile and our website is mobile-optimised, our apps enable a more seamless engagement with customers and provide considerable scope for an even greater personalised experience.
‘In the early stages post-release, we are experiencing higher conversion rates and higher AOV for on-app purchases versus other channels.’
CTT share price outlook
CEO, Dean Mintz, offered his take on Cettire’s performance:
‘Our business continued to grow very strongly through Q3, driven by increased site traffic, substantially higher active customer numbers and repeat purchasers, which represented more than 50% of gross revenues in the quarter.
‘We have driven improved marketing efficiency and conversion as we exited the quarter, leveraging our proprietary storefront software and new mobile applications.’
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