UPDATE 1-Shopify posts lower-than-expected loss as it adds more merchants

Wed Aug 3, 2016 8:30am EDT
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Aug 3 (Reuters) - Canadian e-commerce software maker Shopify Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as more small and medium-sized merchants used its platform, and the company said it now expected a smaller operating loss for the year.

However, the company's net loss widened in the second quarter ended June 30, as operating expenses nearly doubled.

Merchants use Shopify's software to design, set up and manage their stores across sales channels including the web, mobile devices, social media and brick-and-mortar outlets.

Shopify, which went public in May last year, said it now expected a full-year operating loss of $37 million-$41 million, compared with its previous forecast of $41 million-$47 million.

The Ottawa-based company raised its full-year revenue forecast to $361 million-$367 million, from $337 million-$347 million.

Shopify's U.S.-listed shares were up 4.4 percent at $35 in premarket trading on Wednesday.

The company's revenue rose 93 percent to $86.6 million in the second quarter, beating the average analysts' estimate of $80.6 million, according Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue from Shopify's merchant solution business more than doubled to roughly $43 million. The company gets a bulk of its merchant solutions revenue from fees that it charges its clients, or merchants, when their customer orders are processed through Shopify's payment system.   Continued...