Why Stamps.com Dropped 14% This Morning

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What happened

Shares of print-your-own-postage service Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) fell sharply this morning, dropping nearly 14% when a line turned up in the company's 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission describing an initiative by the U.S. Postal Service to renegotiate its contract with the company.

The shares have recovered somewhat from the initial shock, and were trading down "only" 2.7% as of 1:40 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

So what

Here's the relevant language from the SEC filing:

The post office may begin charging Stamps.com more money for the postage it resells, hurting the company's profits. It may even cancel "one or more" of Stamps.com's contracts, hurting profits even more. Stamps.com hopes this won't happen, but it still might, and this has investors worried.

Now what

Truth be told, we've known something like this was possible for some time. Back in April, for example, President Trump alleged (wrongly) that Amazon.com was taking advantage of the post office by getting its packages shipped for less than what it costs the post office to ship them. His suggestion that Amazon should be charged more got investors wondering if this might mean Stamps.com would be charged more as well -- and now Stamps.com seems to be confirming that it's at least a possibility.

For now, this hasn't happened. But it might -- and this worry is injecting a healthy bit of caution into Stamps.com's stock price today.

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