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Warby Parker Sales Rise 10.3 Percent Despite $15 Million Omicron Hit

by News Desk

Warby Parker Inc. continued to drive sales increases through the first-quarter Omicron wave of COVID-19 — but the eyeglass retailer is still working to sync up its bottom line with its brand profile. 

Costs related to the eyewear retailer’s direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange in September weighed heavily on the first quarter. Including a $25.9 million boost in stock-based compensation expense, Warby Parker’s net losses attributed to common shareholders widened to $34.1 million, or 30 cents a share, from $1.6 million, or 3 cents, a year earlier. 

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization slipped $8.5 million to $800,000. 

Revenues for the three months ended March 31 increased 10.3 percent to $153.2 million from $139 million, with the company saying it lost about $15 million in sales due to the Omicron variant.  

The brand has continued to grow through the pandemic, with first-quarter compounded annual growth over three years totaling  17.9 percent. 

“Our team has a lot to be proud of this quarter,” said Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-chief executive officer. “We opened eight new retail stores, expanded our eye exam capacity, launched four new eyewear collections, scaled our vertically-integrated supply chain, and continued to deliver above-and-beyond experiences to our customers, who are spending more with us than ever before.”

The eight stores the company opened during the quarter brought the total to 169 retail outposts, while the retailer also more than doubled the revenue of its contact lens offering. 

The company’s active customer count increased by 18 percent to 2.23 million.

Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, said: “Despite a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, we continue to grow faster than others in our industry. We believe our omnichannel business model, compelling value proposition, and strong consumer brand uniquely position us to capture market share for years to come in both good and turbulent environments.” 


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