On-line used-car market Shift cuts workforce 30% following CarLotz merger

On-line used car retailer Shift Applied sciences minimize its workforce by 30% within the first quarter as the corporate sought to scale back prices and remove duplicate positions following its merger with CarLotz, CEO Jeff Clementz mentioned throughout an earnings name.

The layoffs got here as the corporate noticed its income plummet within the fourth quarter and its working losses broaden.

Shift closed its merger with CarLotz in December and instantly eradicated duplicate prices and roles, Clementz mentioned throughout Tuesday’s earnings name. In early February, the corporate determined to exit CarLotz’s presence on the East Coast and shut down the Downer Grove, Illinois location with a view to give attention to core West Coast markets. One remaining CarLotz location in Pomona, California stays open. Shift additionally has three places in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Space and Portland.

“Whereas troublesome, we diminished headcount by roughly 30% within the first quarter,” Clementz mentioned on the decision. “Along with company roles, the vast majority of reductions have been because of our transfer to decentralized gross sales group, which occurred in February.” He added that the “CarLotz integration and strategic strikes to rightsize our SG&A are largely behind us.”

Shift Applied sciences, which went public in 2020 through a merger with particular objective acquisition firm, reported it generated $65.6 million in income within the fourth quarter, a 67% drop from the identical year-ago interval. Shift reported an working lack of $60.7 million within the fourth quarter, a 14% enhance from the identical interval in 2021.

Shift did report web revenue of $13 million within the fourth quarter in comparison with a web lack of $75.8 million in the identical quarter in 2021. Nonetheless, a lot of that was because of the one-time achieve of $76.7 million from its acquisition of CarLotz. Shift had a web lack of $172 million in 2022, up from the $162.2 million loss it reported the 12 months prior. Notably, the corporate’s gross revenue per unit fell 42% between 2021 and 2022 to $1,208 per car. 

The earnings report triggered Shift shares to fall. Share fell almost 28% on Wednesday to $1.21. Nonetheless, the share value remains to be hovering above $1, which has allowed the corporate to regain the Nasdaq trade itemizing requirement.