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

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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, Canyon, RAM, and Ford F-Series. 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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The Media Sector Fighting for Survival Through Streaming

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Media companies produce and distribute the content we ended up consuming more than ever before when COVID-19 started its relentless march across the globe. Whether it is in the form of film, television series, music, books or radio programming, these companies provided the world with the much-needed therapy during the lockdown.

Due to intense streaming wars ran by services a la Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), much of the media industry’s power has been consolidated in just a few names such as Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA), and ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC). Some have been acquired by telecom companies such as AT&T (NYSE:T), owner of WarnerMedia, and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), owner of NBCUniversal. By joining forces, they integrated quality content with powerful distribution. The competitive pressure is intense as even radio producers have turned to podcasts to capitalize on this opportunity.

Clear winners

As more people cut the cord and more advertisers shift their ad budgets away from TV towards direct-to-consumer platforms, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are set to benefit from these trends. These two growing players will only get stronger as competition in the streaming space grows. As media companies need to stand out, this trend will directly support their long-term revenue growth.

Discovery – Olympics

Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA) owns strong content and brands, including HGTV, the Food Network, and its namesake channel. But the main asset of the communications giant is its portfolio of sports rights that allows it to span all over the globe. Its main jewel are the Olympic Games. Over the last five years, yearly sales growth amounted to 12.20%. When it reported its latest quarter in June, earnings per share amounted to $0.77 exceeding consensus estimates by $0.07.

Netflix isn’t scared of competitors

Although Disney+ achieved a record pace of new subscribers, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) remained as the largest direct-to-consumer video service in the world. As of 2013, it even started its original production to be less reliant on others for content. Despite fears, it is doing more than fine. In the last quarter reported in July, Netlix delivered a profit of $2.5 billion on increasing revenues of $6.15 billion. It blew estimates and eased concern it could be crushed by upcoming competitors with free cash flow of $1.06 billion, EBITDA at $9.77 billion, profit margins of 11.90%, ROE of 33.30% and ROA of 7.80%.

Netflix’s massive scale provides it with a lot of data it can use to improve the user experience and optimize its content production. While it fuelled its content library expansion through increased debt, the company’s growing recurring revenue and improved operating margin should lead to improved cash flow and give the streaming giant the ability to self-fund content investments in the future.

Disney

When it acquired 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) became one of the biggest media companies in the world. The iconic House of Mouse has a portfolio of intellectual properties that goes beyond legacy Disney Brands as it now includes Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar. Moreover, it has strong television brands such as ESPN with long-term contracts to broadcast premium sporting events. Its push into direct-to-consumer streaming has gone well since it acquired operational control of Hulu and launched its streaming star, Disney+. Both are bolstered by its acquisition of BAMTech, a streaming technology provider. Although its theme-park and cruise business slumped during the pandemic, streaming was a rare bright spot. Unfortunately, it will take a while before this segment reaches profitability. Theme parks produce a much higher operating margin and therefore, play a much significant role in company’s performance which was nearly wiped out.

But, its fiscal fourth quarter is about to end and with it, this brutal fiscal year. The figures won’t be pretty but there should be an improvement over the vicious 42% decline in revenue that it posted for its fiscal third quarter. After all, the current quarter is the period when theme parks reopened, sports programming returned to ESPN, and movie theaters started opening their doors. Fiscal 2021 can’t start soon enough for Disney.

Viacom

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC) ensures a broad distribution and large audiences as its cable networks are well diversified across audience demographics. After all, it operates one of the four broadcast networks in the U.S. which has its perks. Although the company had many  carriage disputes with distributors, adding the CBS broadcast network should strengthen its negotiating power. Meanwhile, joining CBS and Paramount should result in sufficient content to feed its own networks, including direct-to-consumer services. During its second quarter, VIAC showed it was able to absorb the blow to its advertising business by reporting a profit of $2.79 billion with revenues increasing to $6.28 billion. With free cash flow of $1.02 billion from June, EBITDA at $1.41 billion which compares well with its peers, ViacomCBS Inc has strong fundamentals that helped it deal with a 27% drop in advertising and lack of sports. With a market cap of $18.15 billion, it is increasing its credibility in this sector as its digital revenue jumped 25%, boosted by a 52% increase in streaming subscription revenue.

Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic was double trouble for pay-TV industry because advertisers reduced their budgets and consumers started cancelling subscriptions as sport events and TV series productions were delayed or annuled. eMarketer forecasted that around 6.6 million U.S. households will cut the cord in 2020 with ad spending dropping 15%, forcing media companies to focus on direct-to-consumer content. As more consumers cut the cord and advertisers move to digital platforms, streaming players are set to thrive. Moreover, Roku is well-positioned to benefit from them all.

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Nike Just Did It

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The sports apparel titan announced its fiscal first quarter last week. Nike (NYSE: NKE) had one big questions to answer as investors were waiting to see progress towards a return to growth. Nike delivered.

But the biggest concern is Nike’s future price-sensitive environment this holiday season. The big picture trend is not favorable for retail. But let’s see the micro trends Nike confirmed with its latest report.

Rebound

Nike’s previous quarter saw the worst impact from pandemic-induced closures. Metrics were brutal as sales plummeted 38%.  If we were to look at the recent results of its competitor Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU), its physical sales halved in July, but this drop was partially offset by booming digital sales.

Over the last 2 years, Nike has constantly beaten revenue estimates. It has even beaten EPS estimates 88% of the time. This time, it crushed both earnings and revenue estimates, causing its stock to jump 12%. Revenue easily exceeded the $9.11 billion estimate as it amounted to $10.59 billion. The boost in revenue largely came from 82% growth in online sales. Moreover, top lines made their way to bottom as earnings per share were more than twice the expectation of $0.46 as they amounted to $0.95.

Expenses

Fortunately for Nike, its efficient supply chain and premium consumers helped it avoid massive inventory writedown charges due to stale merchandise that Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) underwent earlier this year.

Uncertain environment – sharp recession

Despite leading the way through the pandemic, Nike will have to face an uncertain macro-environment just like every other retailer. The calendar has been redefined this year with an everything-but-ordinary back-to-school season. Demand is being hampered by sharp recession, continued COVID-19 outbreak, fear of a second lockdown as well as reduced government fiscal support spending. However, unlike its peers which refrained from giving any form of outlook due to the pandemic, Nike issued fiscal 2021 guidance of high single-digit to low double-digit revenue growth from the year-ago period.

Outlook

Over the last three months, Nike’s stock went up 18%. Like all other apparel and shoe sellers, Nike has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, analysts believe Nike has what it takes to continue being a winner. After all, it took control of its own destiny by pulling its products from nine multi-branded wholesale accounts such as the almighty Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and focusing on its own direct-to-consumer offerings. With its latest earnings report, analysts expect to see progress ahead of plan, ongoing digital transformation, and business evolution to a higher margin, higher return model. Thanks to its hyper-digital strategy, Nike is one of the few firms uniquely positioned to weather retail turbulence. The bottom line is that despite a short-term disruption,  Nike is poised for long-term dominance because it is strong in the places that matter most.

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Four Shining Solar Stars

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According to Solar Industry Magazine, solar accounted for 37% all new electric generating capacity added in the U.S. in the first half of the year, led by Texas and Florida. Wood Mackenzie forecasts 37% annual growth this year. This is a 6% decrease from pre-pandemic forecasts. From 2021-2025, the U.S. solar market is expected to see a 42% increase in installations compared to the prior five years.

The demand is expected to accelerate as the global economy recovers. These four shinning stars are well positioned to benefit from that momentum.

JinkoSolar delivered a solid quarter

On September 23, JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:JKS) has reported solid second quarter results from April to June. Shanghai-based solar manufacturer delivered a profit of $47 million as it shipped 4.46 GW of modules covering 91 countries and resulting in a turnover of $1.2 billion. It expects to move 20 GW of panels this year as supply and demand have restabilized to keep sales going until the fourth quarter. Gross margin expanded from 16.5% in the same quarter last year to 17.9%. The year-over-year increase was a direct result from increase in self-produced production volume and an integrated high-efficiency-products capacity and optimisation of cost structure.

At the beginning of this unprecedented year,  the pandemic caused a shortage of supply in the Chinese market, increasing supply chain prices. Fortunately, prices have stabilized and JinkoSolar expected for strong market demand to continue until the end of the year.

SPI Energy is entering the EV playfield

SPI Energy CO Ltd (NASDAQ:SPI) soared 54% in premarket trading, but that is nothing compared to the prior session’s 1,200% rocket ride. The company that offers photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government and utility customers, said it was starting an electric-vehicle subsidiary that will compete with Nikola (NASDAQ: NKLA) and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA).

Sunworks also had a crazy ride

Meanwhile, shares of Sunworks Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) which is in the same photovoltaic model, skyrocketed 353% during Thursday’s premarket hours. They already climbed 50.4% on Wednesday, but ended up rallying more than 500 percent on Thursday, setting a new yearly high. Although it has nothing to do with electric vehicles, SPI Energy was an energy company very similar to Sunworks,  so this is what could have excited investors and short-term traders.

Daqo – impressive earnings growth

Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE: DQ) has an average Strong Buy rating from Wall Street with good reason. Over the past 12 months, the stock has risen 164%. Also pleasing for shareholders is that the stock is up over 70% over the last three months. If we look at ROE to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital, given that Daqo New Energy doesn’t pay any dividend, it is to be assumed that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business. But despite the low rate of return, this enabled the company to post impressive earnings growth. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings are expected to accelerate.

As for the savvy investors who held on to Daqo shares for the last five years, they ended up gaining 642% which certainly justified their investment.

Outlook

Overall, the combined shipment volumes of the top five solar module manufacturers are expected to account for 65% to 70% of the industry for the year as major players have been consolidating. Experts project that the whole Solar Energy Storage market is to grow at a CAGR of 43.92% between 2020 and 2023. Pandemic or no pandemic, the future of solar is bright.

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