Kogan (ASX:KGN) share price falls amid remuneration second strike

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It certainly was a rollercoaster of a day for the Kogan.com Ltd (ASX: KGN) share price on Thursday.

The ecommerce company’s shares rose 3.5% to $9.19 shortly after the release of its annual general meeting update. However, once everything was absorbed, it didn’t take long for the Kogan share price to give back those gains and more.

The company’s shares ultimately ended the day over 4% lower at $8.49.

What happened to the Kogan share price on Thursday?

There appear to have been a few catalysts for the volatility in the Kogan share price on Thursday.

One was its trading update. Although Kogan spoke about further revenue growth during the first four months of FY 2022, this hasn’t translated into profit growth.

Kogan revealed that its adjusted EBITDA (including Mighty Ape) was down 61% year to date to $12.4 million. Excluding Mighty Ape, adjusted EBITDA was down 70.3% to $9.5 million over the prior corresponding period.

Given that Kogan reported adjusted EBITDA (including Mighty Ape) of $10.8 million for the first quarter, this means it only added $1.6 million of EBITDA in October. That compares to a first quarter average of $3.6 million per month. And this is despite the company advising that it had resolved previous inventory pressures during the first quarter, reducing warehousing costs.

Shareholders vote against the renumeration report

Another factor that could be weighing on the Kogan share price is news that shareholders have dealt the company a second strike after voting against the adoption of its renumeration report.

Under the second strike rule, if shareholders vote down a company’s executive remuneration package two years in a row, the board may be voted out of office. A total of 42.19% votes were cast against the report, similar to last year’s annual general meeting.

However, fortunately for the Kogan Board, shareholders decided against spilling the board, with 97.56% of votes cast against it. But clearly a warning shot has been fired in the direction of the Kogan board.

The Kogan share price is down 56% since the start of 2021.

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