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Can Luckin Coffee Beat Starbucks at Its Own Game?

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If you are among the rare ones who hasn’t heard of Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK), many already named this second largest growing coffee-based chain as a Chinese Starbucks. Whether or not it can catch up to Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) is an ongoing debate, but their business models are vastly different.

Different targets

Starbucks aims to serve wealthier customers in China. Starting with its locations all the way to its price, this is a high-end strategy. Comparing to the U.S. where there are around 15,000 stores, Starbucks has only 4,300 in China. If we also take into account Beijing’s population, there is a massive segment that is left unserved – and here comes Luckin. Starbucks has an average cost of $4.30 a cup whereas Luckin is way more affordable at $1.50, targeting mass consumers and expanding its range far beyond a small niche of wealthy coffee-lovers. Then there is Luckin’s convenient store format and convenient locations which also do the trick. But there’s more to Luckin than just a provider of coffee for the masses, although the low-end is still the largest market in China.

Luckin’s competitors

When it comes to low-end, instant coffee providers take up as much as 65-70% of China’s coffee market and the market is led by western companies like Nestle (OTC:NSRGY). As for the mid-segment, there are brands such as 7-Eleven with competitive value propositions. But Luckin has an edge in this segment because unlike others, it gives its customers a fast service as they can place the order in the app and pick up their beverage at a nearest store in just 3 minutes.

Things become trickier in the high-end segment as Starbucks also offers flexible delivery options of pick-up, delivery or dine-in. But in November, Luckin has surpassed the number of Starbucks stores with 4, 910 locations. When it comes to knowing how to use technology, Luckin has done a great job with its business model that enables the company to open new stores quickly while also offering cheaper pricing.

Diversification

Luckin has enjoyed an explosive growth since it was founded in 2017, and it started expanding into the tea segment as China has culturally more of a tea-drinking background. Management is clearly showing efforts to diversify from the traditional coffee-business, but along with all that growth, the company is burning cash and has yet to prove the sustainability of its impressive business model.

Outlook

From one angle, Luckin’s future growth and profitability in China are perhaps less uncertain compared to Starbucks. But although Starbucks’ throne in China is seriously threatened by this fierce competitor with aggressive growth and home-field advantage, don’t say goodbye just yet- remember that it even pulled of a surprise with its Italian venture. So, if Starbucks made its way to the coffee kingdom, it is likely to have another trick up its sleeve. But Luckin has exceeded forecasts, its stock surged 54 percent in November after it posted strong third-quarter results and it’s not showing any signs of stopping! Therefore, predicting the winner of this match is an impossible mission.

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Ideanomics Announces MEG December and Q4 Sales Activity

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NEW YORKJan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) (“Ideanomics” or the “Company”) announces its Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division’s sales activities for the month of December and Q4 2020.

For the period starting December 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, MEG delivered a total of 439 units, of which 356 were for the taxi/ride-hailing business segment, and the remaining 83 were for the rental car business segment. All units, invoiced during the period from July through December 2020, were delivered. The fourth quarter’s activities also include the delivery of one charging system and 13 CATL battery systems which are part of an ongoing order for converting diesel-powered buses to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The fourth quarter results do not include any units from the recently announced deal with BYD and Didi for 2,000 units of their D1 ride hailing vehicle.

About Ideanomics

Ideanomics is a global company focused on the convergence of financial services and industries experiencing technological disruption. Our Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division is a service provider which facilitates the adoption of electric vehicles by commercial fleet operators through offering vehicle procurement, finance and leasing, and energy management solutions under our innovative sales to financing to charging (S2F2C) business model. Ideanomics Capital is focused on disruptive fintech solutions for the financial services industry. Together, MEG and Ideanomics Capital provide our global customers and partners with leading technologies and services designed to improve transparency, efficiency, and accountability, and our shareholders with the opportunity to participate in high-potential, growth industries.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in BeijingHangzhou, and Qingdao, and operations in the U.S., ChinaUkraine, and Malaysia.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include “forward looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects” or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and include statements regarding our intention to transition our business model to become a next-generation financial technology company, our business strategy and planned product offerings, our intention to phase out our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, and potential future financial results. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, such as risks related to: our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to raise additional financing to meet our business requirements; the transformation of our business model; fluctuations in our operating results; strain to our personnel management, financial systems and other resources as we grow our business; our ability to attract and retain key employees and senior management; competitive pressure; our international operations; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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Tony Sklar, SVP of Investor Relations
1441 Broadway, Suite 5116, New York, NY 10018
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The EV Industry Is Worth More Than The Traditional Automakers

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Many things that were considered to be impossible actually happened in 2020. One of them is that electric vehicle makers became more valuable than traditional automakers and by about by about $100 billion, according to Barrons. EV makers are now worth about $1.3 trillion whereas traditional car makers combined have a market capitalization of about $1.2 trillion. This figure includes 100 auto makers around the globe with market caps ranging from $10 million all the way to Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA). Based on its fully diluted share count, Tesla is worth about $1 trillion.

This feat is even more impressive if you consider that this is a much smaller industry based on actual number of cars. The last year taught us that the connection between the stock market and the economy is imprecise at best. However, the fact that technology enabled batteries to overpass ICEs is the kind of disruption that investors look for. Even though Tesla is the main contributor to the value of the EV market, the overall image is just as impressive as three of the top five most valuable are EV makers, with Tesla being followed by NIO (NYSE: NIO) and BYD (OTC: BYDDF). As for traditional automakers, Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) are the most valuable ones with both undergoing serious investments into electrification.

Traditional automakers are going electric

On Friday, BMW said it aims to double its sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. Including plug-in hybrids, it aims for a 50 percent increase in sales of electrified vehicles versus 2020. It did not give sales volumes for its fully electric vehicles but in data released on Tuesday, BMW said it sold close to 193,000 electrified vehicles, including fully electric and plug-in hybris in 2020. As a reminder, Tesla delivered almost half a million all-electric models last year, which is 75% of General Motor’s (NYSE: GM) third-quarter deliveries.

The automotive industry is at an inflection point

BEVs take approximately 1% of the total market for light vehicles, but the figure rises to about 3% if we include hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Why exactly it takes a relatively small market share to disrupt an industry is a bit of a mystery, but one reason is that more investment capital tends to flow in when market share come is within the 3% to 5% range. As more capital drives more innovation and improvement, investors are lured by high growth rates, bringing in even more capital and this is how success is made. Over the past year, EV makers have raised more than $20 billion in fresh capital, which is a fraction of what traditional auto companies spend on plants and equipment. However, on a per car basis, the EV industry is investing at roughly 10 times the rate of the traditional industry. Add to this President Joe Biden’s aim of a carbon-free future by 2035 and the drive toward adoption of EVs which is already seeing impressive results in Europe, the all-electric future is around the corner.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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Europe and EVs- A Blossoming Relationship

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered around 96,000 units to the key European EV market in 2020. But in Europe, Tesla’s cars were overtaken in popularity by Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Renault (OTC: RNLSY). Sales of electric vehicles by European car makers accelerated rapidly in 2020 amid severe fines for car markers whose fleets don’t meet new emissions targets and generous incentives for buyers to trade in their ICE vehicles.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen reported it delivered 212,000 electric cars across the globe in 2020, which is 158% more than in the year prior. 134,000 of those vehicles were battery-electric vehicles, which grew 197% compared with 2019. Volkswagen also said that its ID. 3 model was the top-selling car in Sweden in December by absolute numbers. All-electric Volkswagen models were on top the Netherlands and Germany, taking approximately 23% of each country’s BEVs market.

Mercedes Benz

On January 8th, Mercedes-Benz-owner Daimler (OTC: DDAIF) said that the brand sold more than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in 2020, representing growth of more than 228% from 2019. The share of EVs in Daimler’s sales mix rose drastically from 2% in 2019 to more than 7% in 2020. Also, Mercedes-Benz brand remained the world’s top-selling luxury carmaker for the fourth consecutive year.

Renault

Renault reported that it doubled its electric-vehicle sales in Europe. While group sales fell more than 21% in 2020, its EV sales grew 100% growth from 2019 to 115,888 vehicles. Moreover, total orders at the end of December 2020 were up by 14% compared to December 2019, which was attributed to new hybrid offerings. EVs were the only good news in an otherwise bleak 2020 for the French carmaker, which underperformed both global and European car markets. At the very least, Renault avoided fines as it met its 2020 EU emissions targets. On January 14th, its chief executive officer Luca de Meo will present a strategy update which is expected  to include reviving some older best-selling models as all-electric models.

BMW

BMW (OTC: BMWYY) which also owns Mini, said that its two brands combined sold 192,646 electric vehicles in 2020 marking an increase of nearly 32% from last year. BMW also met its 2020 EU emissions targets.

Takeaway

European governments have created generous incentives to speed up the adoption of EVs, making them much more affordable. Come 2025 when emission targets become more stricter and threat of fines for not respecting them even greater, Tesla will certainly be playing against fully-fit opponents and could even potentially struggle. An EV-only future looks closer than ever in Europe as the race is now on to challenge Tesla’s leadership.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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