Jan 13 SodaStream International Ltd, a
manufacturer of home soda making appliances, estimated 2013
results below its previous forecast due to sluggish U.S. holiday
season sales, wiping out a quarter of the company's market value
SodaStream said it expected the first half of 2014 to be
challenging as lower selling prices and high product costs
continued to hurt margins.
At least one brokerage cut its rating on the Israeli
company's stock to "neutral" from "buy" following the news.
"We expected some weakness in U.S. sales but are surprised
by the magnitude of the company's gross margin and earnings
miss," Monness Crespi Hardt analyst wrote in a note to clients.
SodaStream estimated revenue of $562 million and adjusted
net income of $52.5 million for the year ended Dec. 31.
In October, the company forecast full-year revenue of $567.2
million and adjusted income of $65 million.
Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $55.3 million
on revenue of $563.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters
SodaStream shares fell as much as 23 percent, valuing the
company at about $804 million.
The stock was down 22 percent at $38.83 on Monday afternoon
on the Nasdaq.
On an average, about 40 percent of the company's shares have
been shorted in the past six months, according to Thomson
Investors who sell securities 'short' borrow shares and then
sell them, expecting the stock to fall so they can buy the
shares back at the lower price, return them to the lender and
pocket the difference.
(Reporting by Rohit T.K. in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)