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WISH Stock Alert: ContextLogic Soars After Giving Up on Wish


  • ContextLogic (WISH) will sell its Wish e-commerce site for $173 million.
  • The buyer of the e-commerce business is a Qoo10, a Singapore-based e-commerce firm.
  • ContextLogic will now try to sell its tax losses and return capital to WISH stock shareholders.
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ContextLogic (NASDAQ:WISH) stock is jumping more than 40% after the company announced that it will sell its Wish e-commerce platform to Qoo10 for $173 million in cash.

This deal is worth $6.50 per share, according to the company. After the deal, ContextLogic will remain a publicly traded entity carrying $2.7 billion in net operating losses that a buyer may be able to use against its own net income.

WISH stock opened today at $6.42 per share with a market capitalization of around $150 million.

Break a Wish

Qoo10 is based in Singapore and offers a site similar to Wish, with boxed product offers in a variety of product categories.

ContextLogic began in 2010 as a software company, while Wish became a complete e-commerce site in 2013. At its height, Wish had billions in annual revenue, coming public in 2020. Over time, though, the platform has been criticized for allegedly selling counterfeit goods and allowing purchases of goods that were illegal in buyers’ home countries. WISH stock has lost more than 99% over its lifetime.

What happened to Wish? Well, the e-commerce industry moved on. Sites like PDD Holdings’ (NASDAQ:PDD) Temu now offer lower prices and serendipity through control of supply chains. This has eliminated margins for rival sites that bought finished goods through distribution.

ContextLogic tried to reboot itself as a fintech in 2021, under a former Block (NYSE:SQ) executive named Jacqueline Reses. I warned investors away, calling its plans hot air. Small investors on Reddit also tried to pump WISH stock as a meme stock, although the short squeeze eventually collapsed.

ContextLogic will now seek a purchaser for its tax losses, then return its capital to shareholders. The deal is due for completion in the second quarter. After that, ContextLogic will continue to trade publicly, but under a new ticker symbol.

What Happens Next?

Once again, a fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place. Sharks will swallow ContextLogic’s losses and nothing will be left of its wishes — save food for the fishes.

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On the date of publication, Dana Blankenhorn did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Dana Blankenhorn has been a financial and technology journalist since 1978. He is the author of Technology’s Big Bang: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Moore’s Law, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Tweet him at @danablankenhorn, connect with him on Mastodon or subscribe to his Substack.

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