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Franchise Holdings International (Worksport Tonneau Covers) announces record 2019 revenues

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FNHI Worksport

U.S. revenues, helped by securing minimum 10-year rights to Worksport brand and logo, jumped a record 347% in 2019 to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year

Non-competing private label sales also advanced 619%

Highlights of year ending December 31, 2019 (all amounts in US$)

  • 2019 sales up 300% over comparable period last year:

$1,926,405, compared to $481,521 in 2018

  • U.S. 2019 revenue jumped 347% to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year

(Higher share of existing customer sales, more product available, intellectual property secured)

  • Company now owns sole U.S. rights for a minimum of 10 years to the Worksport name for light truck tonneau covers; also secured three U.S. patents in 2019 and applied for others internationally
  • Non-competing private label sales increased 619% to $1,912,401 from $265,969 in same period last year
  • Online sales increased to $174,793 in 2019 from $151,285, a 16% increase, year over year, now accounting for 8% of revenue, when compared with 32% for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Net loss decreased 76% to $414,607, compared with $1,763,038 in the same period last year, due to decreases in operating expenses and non-recurring items, including gain on debt settlement – and paving the way for future earnings. Gross profit increased to $292,840 in the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, when compared with $96,614 in the same period last year, an increase of $196,226 or 203%.

Toronto, Ontario, May 15, 2020 – Steven Rossi, CEO Franchise Holdings International Inc. (OTC: FNHI), and its Worksport subsidiary (“the Company”), announced that for the year ended December 31, 2019, revenue from the entire line of Worksport tonneau covers for the light truck market jumped a record 300% to $1,926,405, as compared to $481,521 for the same period last year. In addition, U.S. 2019 revenue increased a record 347% to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year, due to higher share of existing customer sales, more Worksport product available, and exclusive 10-year rights to Worksport name and logo granted by U.S. Patent Office (USPO).

“To say the least, we are very pleased by achieving these record revenues for the 12-month period. A 300% increase is really impressive,” said Rossi. “It clearly demonstrates that we have successfully executed on and greatly exceeded our highly ambitious strategic plan to accomplish record growth and profitability for the company. With issues like the gain on debt settlement behind us, we are zeroing in on profitability, with lien operations. With anticipated forthcoming funding, we believe the results would be even stronger, with faster development of the exciting

new high tech tonneau cover products in the pipeline and increased inventory and distribution. It’s just the beginning, as we build towards becoming a cornerstone middle-market U.S brand.”

Private Label Strategy Advances

Rossi cited Worksport’s surge in private label sales as a major growth engine for the company. “Private label sales of non-competing customized product proved to be a runaway success, accounting for the upward trajectory and the majority of our sales. Meanwhile, we are focused on ramping up the Worksport brand, after finally securing complete U.S. patent office protection of our name and logo, after a long and hard effort,” Rossi said. “The ratio of Worksport branded product to private label tonneau covers is expected to even out in the future, with both driving the company’s growth in the U.S., our primary market.”

Worksport expects to continue to grow private label sales as it invents unique and non-competing tonneau covers to offer other prospective clients in the U.S. and Canadian markets, Rossi said. “The Company acquired more share of sales to existing customers and achieved more consistent product availability to fill orders in both the U.S. and Canada,” said Rossi.

Online Retail Also Grows

Worksport believes that the trend of increasing sales through online retailers will continue to outpace traditional distribution business models. Moreover, reputable online retailer customers tend to provide larger sales volumes, greater profit margins as well as greater protection against price erosion, Rossi said.

Sales from online Worksport retailers increased to $174,793 in 2019 from $151,285, a 16% increase, year over year, and now accounting for 8% of revenue, when compared with 32% for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018. These revenues occurred before the coming of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. “Worksport’s foresight in developing an online sales channel positions the Company to thrive in the ‘social distancing’ environment,” Rossi added.

Intellectual Property Secured

In addition to the flood of private label sales, Rossi cited a number of important factors that resulted in Worksport’s dramatic record growth. “First of all, securing Worksport’s intellectual property has significantly transformed the Company. Winning three USPO patents in one year and being granted final exclusive rights to our trademark has enabled the 347% leap in U.S. revenues as we can freely operate and develop our U.S market. Secondly, we now operate through three sales channels: online, largely through Amazon.com, Worksport-branded product sold via distributors, and non-competitive private label products that are exclusive to several important national retailers and distributors.

COVID-19

“Our hearts go out to COVID-19 victims all around the globe. We urge everyone to stay safe,” Rossi said. “Although the virus is having devastating global effects, Worksport’s factories in China, after a very brief pause, are again back in operation as of the week of March 16, 2020, subsequent

to the year end. Rossi said that the Company’s supply chain is fully intact and working on new and future products for the booming light truck market.

Net Loss Decreases, Gross Profit Rises

The Company’s net loss dropped 76% to $414,607, compared with $1,763,038 in the same period last year, due to decreases in operating expenses from $1,307,741 for 2018 to $831,973 for 2019, a decrease of $475,768 or 36%. Also factored into the net loss were non-recurring items, including gain on debt settlement as well as a 38% decrease in professional services including accounting, legal, consulting, listing and filing fees, which decreased to $531,694 for the year ended December 31, 2019 from $864,160 in the comparable period last year. Gross profit increased to $292,840 in the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, when compared with $96,614 in the same period last year, an increase of $196,226 or 203%.

Debt Settlement

To provide additional detail concerning the debt settlement, during the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company reached a legal settlement agreement (the “unwinding”) with an individual investor to dissolve the Debt Settlement and Mutual Release Agreement entered into on January 12, 2018. In accordance to the settlement agreement:

  • 19,055,551 pre-stock split, reserved shares were released and returned to the Company
  • 5,944,449 pre-stock split (990,742 post stock split) shares already issued were also returned to and cancelled
  • Issued and outstanding shares were reduced accordingly
  • A gain on debt settlement of $250,778 was then recorded.

The company closed the unwinding in August 2019.

Cost of Sales

Keeping pace with Worksport’s year of large-scale growth in revenues, cost of sales increased by 339% from $384,908 for the year ended December 31, 2018 to $1,687,857 for the year ended December 31, 2019. Worksport’s cost of sales, as a percentage of sales, was approximately 88% and 80% for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The decrease in percentage of sales resulted in a gross margin decrease from 20% for the year ended December 31, 2018 to 12% for the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease in gross margin is related to the fluctuation in foreign exchange rates used to translate Canadian dollar sales into U.S. dollars for purposes of financial reporting as well as the increased cost for cost of goods sold and cost associated with warehousing inventory, to fulfil just in time sales, in the U.S. market.

“When looking at a growth company like Worksport, which is experiencing significant revenue increases, the cost of sales and how they are controlled can be a key determinant of future profitability,” Rossi said. “The task ahead is to increase gross margins consistently to the previously enjoyed 20% or greater range and keep these margins commensurate with anticipated future growth in each sales channel.”

General Outlook

“Everything is coming together rapidly for Worksport, and it’s happening much faster than anyone expected,” Rossi concluded. “We have the products, secure intellectual property and the incredible global team to make a great leap forward in the U.S., our principal market, and also in Canada, our home. In the year ahead, we hope to achieve profitability and greater penetration of the U.S. market, while focussing on improving our revenues sustainably with a keen focus on profitability and building the Worksport brand. The Pandemic will affect us, as it will be a tough year for everyone, but we are confident that as we continue to open up again, Worksport will be there providing much-needed, technologically advanced products for its branded, online and private label markets.”

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About Worksport Ltd.

Worksport Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Franchise Holdings International. Inc. is an innovative manufacturer of high quality, functional, and aggressively priced tonneau/truck bed covers for light trucks like the F150, Sierra, Silverado (NYSE: GM), Canyon, RAM (MUTF: DODGX), and Ford F-Series (NYSE: F). For more information please visit www.worksport.com

About Franchise Holdings International

Listed on the OTCQB Market under the trading symbol “FNHI” and currently in the process of a dual listing on a Canadian Stock Exchange, Franchise Holdings International’s strategy is to acquire business in the fastest growing business segments and to create shareholder value in the process. Once a business of interest is acquired, our mission is to further develop and accelerate the growth for all of our acquired subsidiaries. Currently the Corporation has one fully owned subsidiary, Worksport Ltd.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Steven Rossi CEO & Director Franchise Holdings International

T: 1-888-554-8789 E: Investors@franchiseholdingsinternational.com

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Oil War vs The Coronavirus – Which One Is the Lesser of Two Evils?

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Corona Virus and the Stock Market

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), U.S.’ largest oil companies, were among the first to take the hit from the new Russia– Saudi Arabia price war. Namely, Russia and Saudi Arabia, entered a war on oil production. Both oil giants are nothing less than determined to  increase oil production, despite the weakened demand that is already resulting in excess supply. Moreover, this open war has already resulted in a record low price when it comes to the price of oil. As for crude oil futures, they plummeted as much as 30% last Monday. This is by far their steepest drop since the 1991 Gulf War in. The U.S. market crashed on Wednesday night, a fall that continued onto Thursday as it also  halted trading for the first time since 1997. Looking at this way, it could even seem that the COVID-19 didn’t have much to do with it but things are never black and white.

Oil War – Be Prepared for Quite an Overproduction

Regardless of the support of U.S. fiscal incentives, the oil market remains filled with anxiety. Exxon’s stock dropped 46%, while that of Chevron Corp. declined 31%. With the open war further heating up an already excess production on one side, the coronavirus is adversely influencing the demand on the other. Therefore, by the looks of it, there isn’t even the slightest hope for a piece of good news. Furthermore, since Exxon Mobil is one of the largest integrated oil companies, it lacks the flexibility it needs to cut expenses and streamline short-term business operations, meaning that it can only further accumulate losses.

COVID-19 – the cherry on top

Also last Monday,  BP Oil (NYSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) pulled the FTSE 100 to one-day losses, something we have not seen since the dreaded 2008 recession. Meanwhile, PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) issued the force majeure notice to its suppliers along with suspending some gas imports due to the coronavirus pandemics that caused the softening of demand.

Can there be a winner?

When a war rages, rarely there are winners. However, in this scenario, the end of consumers could be the winner of this oil mayhem, since oil prices could end up being around $2 a gallon. It all comes down to a well-known proverb:  dark on one side only means there is dawn for the other. But dawn isn’t so likely for the U.S. oil sector that is already facing cutbacks, forced mergers, and even some bankruptcies and most importantly, a shift towards renewable sources. Even though coronavirus seems like a lesser evil for the oil industry currently, it is still far more powerful than any human-induced conflict. The COVID-19 is like the Grim Reaper standing above all industries and the global economy and rest assured, it is waiting to take its toll on the oil market as well.

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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Toyota’s News: Redesigned Corolla, New Investments and Partnerships

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Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM) is managing something other automakers only dream of. The company is honouring its values while achieving sustainable growth for over a decade. The dependable Japanese giant continues to deliver on its promises as it prepares for an electric future.

A new sturdy yet sporty Corolla

On September 17th, the company announced a completely redesigned Corolla that now goes beyond just being a practical buying decision. The newly evolved Corolla has a sporty design, offering pleasurable driving and advanced safety equipment. Being built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), Corolla is ready to evolve to meet customers’ needs, according to Yasushi Ueda, chief engineer in charge of development.

Since its debut in 1966, this car is nothing less than adored by consumers all over the world and now, it will have its first hybrid version available to U.S. customers.

Hybrid strategy is actually paying off

Just like Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) with its 2020 CR-V Hybrid, Toyota is using its hybrid technology to position itself for future growth and transition to an all-electric future, despite the fact these energy saving vehicles do not qualify for government subsidies. But, this strategy is paying off as hybrid demand skyrocketed and the company proudly revealed in February that Lexus reached its 10 millionth vehicle sales milestone since its launch, with its 2018 sales performance achieving several ‘best-ever records’. And it is thanks to these figures that the Chinese government is also starting to see the potential of such vehicles so things can only get even better for Toyota. As the saying goes, persistence is the key to success and these two companies have been quite brave in sticking to HEVs.

New Investment – $391 Million Goes to Texas’ San Antonio Plant

This will be Toyota’s first expansion in nine years at the plant that produces its Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. It is the part of the company’s strategy to invest $13 billion in its U.S. operations over the period of five years, ending in 2021.

Future Investment – $243.29 million to Produce New Vehicle in Sao Paulo

Toyota is also about to get an even stronger presence in Brazil as it will hire 300 new employees at the Sorocaba Plant to start the production of a new vehicle.

Partnership

And let’s not forget the ground-breaking partnership of Japan’s leading automakers that was revealed in August as Toyota and Suzuki Motor Co. (OTC: SZKMF) announced they will collaborate on developing autonomous car technology. This deal is cementing the bond that the two automakers kicked-off in 2016. They might seem like an odd couple as Suzuki is a everything but a big player, yet its strong presence in India is only one of the things that will greatly benefit Toyota. Although Suzuki admitted defeat on the world’s biggest playgrounds, China and the U.S., it cracked the code for emerging markets. And this is exactly where future global sales growth is expected to come from.

Inventing a car that will run forever?

According to Bloomberg, Toyota aims to go far further than electric by teaming up with Sharp Corporation (OTC:SHCAY) and Japanese governmental organization NEDO that encourages the development of innovative technologies. Considering that Toyota is a company that has even used the economic crisis and recession to only come out stronger, it’s not unlikely that it is set to out do the impossible by mixing the most efficient batteries with solar panels. The company’s strong financial performance and track record show that if anyone can do it, it’s Toyota Motor Co.

 

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