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Electric Vehicles – Who Is Making Disrupting Innovations for The Next Generation?

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Last week at the Bloomberg NEF Summit in San Francisco, a case has been made that electric vehicles are finally reaching the “end of the beginning” as the world is hopping on the electric train. Another confirmation that the electric era upon the automobile industry is all set to begin is the fact is the crazy ride that Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been on since it reported its fourth profitable quarter during the ‘most pivotal year in Tesla’s history’. And it even got free advertising during the Superbowl as it became the status symbol and favourite of NFL players. So Tesla even made its futuristic shaped vehicles become cool – and there’s no better promise when it comes to reaching the masses. But besides Tesla being the obvious pioneer in EVs and leading the revolution forward and adding a very unique footprint of their own, how are the world’s biggest car manufacturers handling this transition?

AI could speed up battery development

Battery performance can make or break the electric vehicle experience. It is the crucial factor when it comes to the driving range, charging time, and the lifetime of the car – so it is pretty much the deciding factor. And AI has made the dream of recharging an EV in the time it takes to stop at a gas station a more likely reality with the possibility to also help in improving other aspects of battery technology.

Along with MIT, Stanford, and the US Department of Energy, the Toyota Research Institute whose parent company is Toyota Motor Corporation of course (NYSE:TYO) is a co-author of the study with even Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) supported the work. So despite the struggle that Toyota’s hybrid approach has been having to adapt to the electric era it seems Toyota does have a trick up its sleeve- and this should not be a surprise considering the company’s agility it has shown through any difficult time it faced throughout its history. It even announced a joint venture with Panasonic Corp (OTC:PCRFY) called Prime Planet Energy and Solutions as the two companies will develop prismatic batteries that will be available to any automaker. It was announced at the beginning of February with the production set to start in April. Toyota is doing its best to avoid a shortfall and there is no reason to believe it is capable of pulling that off.

What about the big fish? GM seems to have lost the EV battle in advance

In October 2017, ” General Motors (NYSE:GM) proudly revealed  its “All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions as it announced 20 new all-electric vehicles to be launched by 2023 and we have yet to see those vehicles despite the fact many months turning into more than two years have already passed. GM has now officially launched its new Menlo electric car with 250 miles of range and confirmed a starting price of just $23,000,but sadly we have to report that you can’t buy it unless you are in China. And it’s not that General Motors did not try at all with the Volt and Bolt, but it seems that the market has found their EVs not as slightly attractive as their trucks and SUVs. And it’s about time that GM faces the fact that without upping its own dealership and manufacturing model, it may never become big in EVs. However, GM could be a truly disruptive company in transportation as according to Navigant Research, Cruise is ahead of most competitors when it comes to autonomous driving technology. And it’s bringing with its parent ahead in manufacturing as well. So, GM seems to have at least that covered.

It is the ‘little fish’ that is making the most significant footprint

Franchise Holdings International Inc (OTC:FNHI) has already done what traditional automakers dream of. Besides finding a way to integrate solar technology into its tonneau covers, it was granted an enviable list of patents last year meaning no company can afford to go around them. This morning they announced to apply for the TerraVis solar trademark. Moreover, besides the unlimited range of opportunities such as that it can extend the driving range of EVs, it possibly made any old model now able to join the electric race with the help of their technology. And to top it all off, with its TerraVis it made solar technology affordable, the same technology it was until recently considered pretty much accessible due to its sky-high price range.And this is the true core of the energy revolution and any true revolution for that matter- changing the status quo regardless how fortified its bases are and breaking the barriers for the greater good.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic 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 Questions about this release can be send to ivana@iamnewswire.com

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Working From Home Trend and Gaming Did The Trick for Microsoft

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On Tuesday, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) succeeded in beating forecasts far above expectations due to a boom in PC sales, increased demand for gaming and cloud services. The pandemic might have put a lot of constraints to its customers, but it also led to a structural change as businesses across the globe shifted to digital operations and saw it as key to increasing their resilience. Upon the results, Microsoft’s stock was up 5% in after-market trading.

Q2 2021 figures

Revenues increased 17percent as they amounted to $43.1 billion and exceeded $40.2 billion expected by Bloomberg. Earnings per share were $2.03, topping the expected $1.64.

The commercial cloud businesses which Wall Street sees as the main engine of Microsoft’s future growth is reaccelerating. These businesses that include Office 365 and Azure cloud platform, generated revenue of $16.7 billion in the latest quarter, which is 34 per cent up from a year before. At the same time, the launch of a new Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X lifted the gaming business as revenue of Xbox content and services was up a whopping 40% in the quarter. Personal Computing division was also up by 14 per cent as revenues amounted to $15.1 billion.

Meanwhile, the Productivity and Business Processes division reported revenue of $13.4 billion, which is a 13 percent increase. This growth was fueled by strong demand for Office 365 which grew 20 percent when adjusted for currency, which is line with the previous quarter.

Adding more fuel

Microsoft recently announced that it was investing $2 billion to be the preferred cloud provider of the General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Honda-backed (NYSE: HMC) autonomous vehicle firm Cruise. Under the agreement, Microsoft will provide cloud infrastructure for Cruise to better enable autonomous vehicles to navigate highways and surface streets in the future.

A sign of confidence

Microsoft also forecast revenue for the current quarter in the range between$40.35billion and $41.25bn. Themidpoint of the rangewould represent another quarter of 17 per cent growth, beating the 11 per cent that Wall Street forecasted.

Takeaway

Its strength in the cloud and personal computing enabled Microsoft to blow away Q2 expectations. As Mr. Nadella had put it, digital transformation is sweeping every company and every industry across the globe. Microsoft is powering this second wave of transformation that is even stronger than the first one as the world is now creating a new normal that will stay long after the COVID-19 pandemic becomes history.

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This Week’s IPOs

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This week has eight scheduled IPOs with three billion-dollar deals coming from bio tech, diagnostics, software and solar equipment, among others.

Biotech

The US biotechnology company that received emergency approval from the FDA for its COVID-19 antibody and antigen tests, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (NASDAQ: OCDX), plans to raise $1.5 billion at a $4.9 billion market cap. This pure-play in vitro diagnostics business provides diagnostic testing solutions. It is profitable on an EBIT basis, with a revenue retention rate of 99% in 2019.

Customer-survey software

Qualtrics International (NASDAQ: XM) seeks to raise as much as $1.46 billion. It provides a customer and employee experience management platform to over 12,000 organizations. But, despite its sticky customers, it operates in a highly competitive environment with low barriers to entry.

Solar equipment supplier

Shoals Technologies Group (NASDAQ: SHLS) designs and manufactures products used in large solar energy projects. It is a profitable and growing company that plans to raise $1.0 billion at a $3.6 billion market cap. However, its growth depends on international growth and its track record abroad is not impressive.

Asset-light container liner shipping company

Israel-based ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (NYSE: ZIM) plans to raise $306 million at a $2.1 billion market cap. This company positions itself as a global leader in niche markets with competitive advantages that allow it to maximize its profitability.

Mortgage

Residential mortgage producer Home Point Capital (NASDAQ: HMPT) plans to raise $250 million at a $3.0 billion market cap. It utilizes a wholesale mortgage origination channel to connect with nearly broker partners, which allows it to serve roughly 300,000 customers.

Asset management

Brazilian asset manager Vinci Partners Investments (NASDAQ: VINP) plans to raise $236 million at a $944 million market cap. Its portfolio includes private equity, public equities, real estate, credit, infrastructure, hedge funds, and investment products.

Supermarket portfolio

Southeastern Grocers (NYSE: SEGR) plans to raise $134 million (100% secondary) at a $725 million market cap. The company itself won’t sell any shares as part of the offering and will not receive any net proceeds from its public debut.

Agriculture

Agricultural technology company Agrify (NASDAQ: AGFY) plans to raise $25 million at a $115 million market cap. This company is highly unprofitable but fast growing. It aims to differentiate itself with a bundled solution of equipment, software, and services that is optimized for growth.

By the looks of it, the 2021 IPO market seems to be continuing 2020’s momentum.

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IBM Is Not Out of the Woods Yet

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On Thursday afternoon, International Business Corporation (NYSE: IBM) reported its weaker than expected fourth quarter, showing that its transformation struggles continue. The large software acquisition  of Red Hat that helps customers manage a growing hybrid cloud world while using AI to drive efficiency did not manage to bring the desired improvement. The pandemic led to an entirely different scenario and adjusted profits declined by nearly a third in 2020. Upon the results, stock fell more than 6% in after-hours trading. For the past year, Big Blue’s shares have declined 5.1% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average to which it is a member of, gained 6.8% with the S&P gaining 16% during the same period.

Q4 earnings

Net income was $1.36 billion, or $1.51 a share, which is significantly less than $4.11 a share in the same quarter last year and less than the $1.81 a share that analysts had expected. After taking away significant restructuring charges and similar effects, earnings amount to $2.07 a share, down from $4.79 a share in 2019’s quarter.

Analysts expected sales of $20.7 billion, but they shrank from $21.78 billion the year before to $20.37 billion. This is IBM’s lowest quarterly revenue since 1997. Looking at YoY figures, revenue has fallen 30 of the past 34 quarters. The only solace investors could possibly find is in the fact that Red Hat’s revenue increased 18% compared to last year’s quarter, but this wasn’t enough to move the needle.

2020 figures

Revenue dropped from $77.15 billion in 2019 to $73.62 billion, pulling down adjusted earnings from $12.81 a share to $8.67. Before COVID-19 started its relentless march across the globe, analysts expected adjusted earnings of $13.30 a share on sales of $79.4 billion, according to FactSet, but expectations took a sharp dive afterwards. The delivered results were even weaker. At the end of the day, companies are what their figures say they are and right now IBM’s record continues to trend in the wrong direction with shrinking earnings and sales.

2021 outlook

Although Big Blue will be getting smaller on purpose, the planned spinoff of the managed infrastructure business at the end of the year is expected to result in sustainable mid-single-digit revenue growth and a strong free cash flow. The spin-off, along with the $34 billion 2018 Red Hat acquisition and new Chief Executive Arvind Krishna are all parts of an effort to better position IBM in the cloud space which is ran by no other than Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL). As if things weren’t hard enough.

IBM expects to grow revenue this year, but the story is more complicated than that. It will take a while before its strategic acquisition makes its way to improved top and bottom lines. Unfortunately, the overall picture is that revenue shrank for the fourth straight quarter, leaving the new executive sitting in the same chair as his predecessor who had 22 straight quarters of revenue losses under his watch. Despite Krishna’s sound approach, IBM’s efforts are simply not generating the expected growth, for now. But it is certainly too soon to say his transformation strategy has failed. However, something needs to change and as soon as possible.

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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