Don't Bet on a GoPro Stock Rebound

GoPro stockGoPro stock had a brief rally last week following strong Black Friday sales, when GPRO jumped 3% intraday Thursday. But don't bet on a sustainable GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) stock rebound.

In fact, the next GoPro stock price slump has already begun.

Before we get into why we're still avoiding GoPro stock, here's what sent GPRO shares soaring last week.

Why the GoPro Stock Price Rallied Last Week

GoPro shares jumped nearly 3% to an intraday high of $10.40 on Thursday after reporting that sales for its cameras over the vital Black Friday weekend rose 35% year over year at leading retailers. Meanwhile, sales on the company's website climbed 33%.

Crucial holiday quarter sales of GoPro's new Hero5 Black camera have so far been "solid," the company said in a statement. Since its launch on Oct. 2, Hero5 Black has been the top-selling digital-imaging device in the United States, according to NPD Group.

Hero5 sales are outperforming the company's highly successful Hero4 launch two years ago by about 20%. If numbers remain strong, GoPro could sell around 2.8 million cameras in Q4. That would be well above what analysts have been projecting.

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Yet the company is maintaining its projections for about $625 million in revenue for the period, which suggests an average selling price of around $223. That is 16% below the Hero4 during its launch. And it's worth noting that despite key improvements, the Hero5 Black costs $100 less than its predecessor.

That likely explains CEO Nicholas Woodman's statement in which he said despite the strong start to the holiday season, "...we have a lot of work to do to finish the quarter and our fiscal year."

Last month, GoPro issued a recall for 2,500 of its new Karma drones after some of them lost power while in the air.

The $800 Karma is GoPro's attempt to expand its reach beyond the crowded action camera market, as was as complementing its camera sales.

GoPro was hoping that Karma would be a big seller this holiday season. But those hopes have been crushed. GoPro is not offering replacement units. Instead, it's giving customers a full refund. The company plans to send out new drones once the problem is fixed.

While all the fuss last week was about the company's Black Friday showing, that wasn't the actual driver of GoPro stock last week. The biggest thing moving the GoPro stock price was the company's restructuring announcement...

Why We're Not Buying GoPro Stock in 2017

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GoPro said it has begun a company-wide restructuring that will cut roughly $650 million worth of non-GAAP costs in fiscal-year 2017.

Included in the restructuring is a 15% workforce reduction, or about 200 full-time jobs. At the end of Q3, GoPro had 1,722 employees. The company said it is also canceling hiring for opening positions and will close its entertainment division.

The restructuring will result in charges of between $24 million to $33 million.

GoPro last month reported a Q3 2016 loss of $104 million, or $0.74 a share. That compared with a profit of $18.8 million, or $0.13 a share, a year earlier. Revenue sank 40% year over year to $240.6 million.

For Q4, the company forecasts revenue between $600 million and $650 million. Analysts were looking for $657 million.

For FY2016, GoPro said it expects to post $1.25 billion to $1.3 billion in revenue. That was below the company's previous target of $1.35 billion to $1.5 billion.

Money Morning has been avoiding GoPro stock since the 2014 IPO. While GoPro stock once traded near $87 per share, GPRO is valued below $10 today.

With shares continuing to go in the wrong direction, we are going to continue to watch this one from the sidelines.

At $9.82, GoPro stock is down 45.47% year to date and 89% since peaking in 2014.

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