First-Quarter Gross Merchandise Volume Grows 81% Year on Year


OTTAWA, Ontario May 02, 2017 Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced strong financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“With our excellent start to the year, it is clear we are becoming the de facto platform for sellers,” stated Russ Jones, Shopify’s CFO. “In addition to merchant growth and their adoption of both new channels and merchant solutions, we also continue to see expansion of merchants’ GMV. Retail is shifting headlong toward the vision we laid out two years ago — of inspiring entrepreneurship with multi-channel commerce — and we fully expect to continue leading this industry transition for years to come.”

First-Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue in the first quarter was $127.4 million, a 75% increase from the comparable quarter in 2016. Within this, Subscription Solutions revenue grew 60% to $62.1 million. This increase was driven by the continued rapid growth in Monthly Recurring Revenue1(“MRR”) as a record number of merchants joined the platform in the period. Merchant Solutions revenue grew 92% to $65.3 million, driven primarily by the growth of Gross Merchandise Volume2(“GMV”).
  • MRR as of March 31, 2017 was $20.7 million, up 62% compared with $12.8 million as of March 31, 2016. Shopify Plus contributed $3.5 million, or 17%, of MRR compared with 11% of MRR as of March 31, 2016.
  • GMV for the first quarter was $4.8 billion, an increase of 81% over the first quarter of 2016. Gross Payments Volume3(“GPV”) grew to $1.8 billion, which accounted for 38% of GMV processed in the quarter, versus $1.0 billion, or 37%, for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Gross profit dollars grew 80% to $72.2 million as compared with the $40.1 million recorded for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Operating loss for the first quarter of 2017 was $14.5 million, or 11% of revenue, versus $9.7 million, or 13% of revenue, for the comparable period a year ago.
  • Adjusted operating loss4for the first quarter of 2017 was 3.4% of revenue, or $4.3 million; adjusted operating loss for the first quarter of 2016 was 8.1% of revenue, or $5.9 million.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was $13.6 million, or $0.15 per share, compared with $8.9 million, or $0.11 per share, for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted net loss4for the first quarter of 2017 was $3.5 million, or $0.04 per share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.06 per share, for the first quarter of 2016.
  • At March 31, 2017, Shopify had $395.7 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, compared with $392.4 million on December 31, 2016, and compared with $189.5 million on March 31, 2016.

Business Highlights

  • Over one thousand Shopify Partners and Developers from around the world gathered in San Francisco in April to discuss the future of Shopify, commerce, and technology at our partner conference, Shopify Unite. New product development discussions included several announcements scheduled for availability in the second quarter, such as:
  • Shopify Point-of-Sale Card Reader. The first piece of hardware designed in-house by Shopify, the new chip-and-swipe reader offers portability and EMV support to merchants looking to sell at markets, pop-up shops or permanent retail locations. Emblazoned with the Shopify logo, the new reader seamlessly connects a merchant’s in-person sales with those made on their online store and other channels.
  • Shopify Pay. Shopify Pay allows merchants to offer their customers the option to securely save their shipping and credit card information for future purchases from any participating Shopify store. Shopify Pay is designed to increase conversion by reducing checkout to a simple 2-step entry: an email address and a unique 6-digit order notification via SMS.
  • Wholesale Channel for Plus. Using this channel, Shopify Plus merchants can create a separate, password-protected storefront, managed within their existing store. Merchants can invite buyers to purchase products at assigned wholesale prices, creating a more efficient way to manage customer bulk ordering in one place, without two systems or workarounds.
  • New Application Programming Interfaces (“APIs”) for partners. Shopify Partners can now leverage new APIs across a number of areas to build useful apps that integrate more directly with Shopify. These include the Custom Storefront API, which enables partners to build for specific audiences, experiences and opportunities; the Marketing Events API, which allows developers to automatically add tracking to their marketing apps, helping merchants understand the impact of their marketing efforts; and the Draft Orders API, which lets developers expand how orders are created and completed.
  • Mobile traffic to merchants’ stores continued to grow, reaching 69% of traffic and 59% of orders at the end of March 2017 versus 62% and 51%, respectively, at the end of March 2016.
  • Shopify Capital reached $49 million in aggregate cash advances to U.S. merchants using Shopify Payments by the end of the first quarter. By April 30, 2017, aggregate cash advances had reached more than $60 million.

Financial Outlook

The financial outlook that follows constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws and is based on a number of assumptions and subject to a number of risks. Actual results could vary materially as a result of numerous factors, including certain risk factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control. Please see “Forward-looking Statements” below.

In addition to the other assumptions and factors described in this press release, Shopify’s outlook assumes the continuation of growth trends in our industry, our ability to manage our growth effectively and the absence of material changes in our industry or the global economy. The following statements supersede all prior statements made by Shopify and are based on current expectations. As these statements are forward-looking, actual results may differ materially.

These statements do not give effect to the potential impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures or business combinations that may be announced or closed after the date hereof. All numbers provided in this section are approximate.

For the full year 2017, Shopify currently expects:

  • Revenues in the range of $615 million to $630 million
  • GAAP operating loss in the range of $69 million to $73 million
  • Adjusted operating loss4in the range of $14 million to $18 million, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes of $55 million

For the second quarter of 2017, Shopify currently expects:

  • Revenues in the range of $142 million to $144 million
  • GAAP operating loss in the range of $18 million to $20 million
  • Adjusted operating loss4in the range of $6 million to $8 million, which excludes stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes of $12 million

Shopify’s First-Quarter 2017 Interim Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes and its First-Quarter 2017 Management’s Discussion and Analysis are available on Shopify’s website at, and will be filed on SEDAR at and on EDGAR at

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more. For more information see