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Shopify shares slump to over one-year low

By Nivedita Balu

(Reuters) – Shopify Inc’s shares plunged nearly 9% on Monday to an 18-month low, as the Canadian e-commerce giant faces the brunt of a global tech sell off.

The slump mirrors Canada’s main stock index, which fell to a three-month low tracking losses in global equities on growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine and ahead of major central bank meetings this week.

In the United States, losses have deepened for the tech-heavy Nasdaq index as investor fears of a rise in Treasury yields amid concerns the Federal Reserve would take steps to control inflation hit tech and growth shares.

Shares of Shopify, which was once Canada’s most valuable company, rose over 20% last year and 178% in 2020, largely helped by a broader adaptation to e-commerce as retailers, food brands and other mom-and-pop businesses shifted their businesses online and became reliant on its services.

So far in 2022, Shopfiy is down 40%. On Monday, shares fell to C$1,007.4, their lowest since June 2020.

Shopify is reportedly terminating or reducing contracts with warehouses and fulfillment partners, which could reduce its capacity to ship orders from merchants.

“Shopify is nowhere close to building a type of fulfillment operation at the scale of Amazon, and investors should not expect anything like that in the near term,” Wedbush analyst Ygal Arounian.

The changes could mean big investments into Shopify’s fulfillment network and moving from a capital-light model to owning distribution centers, something investors will likely question in the current market environment, Arounian added.

Shopify said it had communicated plans with warehouse partners and merchants and that capacity would not be reduced.

“We will be making changes to (Shopify fulfillment network) to help merchants compete with big-box retailers, such as prioritizing two-day shipping at affordable prices and access to easy returns for U.S. shoppers,” the company said in a statement.

(Graphic: Shopify’s 2022 decline takes it off top spot Shopify’s 2022 decline pushes it off top spot, https://graphics.reuters.com/SHOPIFY-STOCKS/SHOPIFY-STOCKS/zgpomaoykpd/Shopify%202022%20deline.jpeg)

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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