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Things Look Less Dim for Verizon Communications

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On Monday, the communications giant and parent company of Yahoo Finance revealed it has inked a new deal. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)  has acquired the pre-paid wireless leader Tracfone for $3.125 billion in cash and $3.125 billion in Verizon common stock. The agreement also includes up to an additional $650 million in future cash consideration related to the achievement of certain goals. Most importantly, this move is positioning Verizon to take advantage of the wireless market as it has now gained access Trafcone’s 21 million subscribers. Trafcone’s network expands over 90,000 retail locations all over the globe.

The pandemic brought not-so-good news to Verizon

Shares of the largest U.S. cell phone carrier did gain 2.48% in the past month. This is a stock that generates stable earnings growth and pays high dividends. But, its core business was severely hit by the pandemic. Moreover, COVID-19 only further amplified slower sales of smartphones and intense competition from rival carriers that the company was always struggling with last year.

Alleviating concerns

There is some concern about Verizon’s dividend yield which has been trapped at just over 4% for quite some time now and is lower than its nearest rival AT&T (NYSE: T) dividend yield of about 7%. But despite market challenges, there is plenty of free cash flow to cushion the blow. Unlike top rival AT&T, Verizon isn’t trying to digest a massive media business or build an EPS to stay roughly flat.

More than earnings growth

Verizon Communications has grown both its profit and its revenue over the last few years. But there is more to it than earnings growth. Last week, its board raised the quarterly dividend from 62.75 cents from 61.5 cents, which is 2% increase and more importantly, the 14th consecutive year of dividend increases. Moreover, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Verizon are set to resume discussions to invest more than $4 billion for a stake in India’s Vodafone Idea Ltd. With 5G, Verizon’s expansion into connected cars, Internet of Things devices, and ongoing fiber upgrades could easily be the source of fresh growth next year when the world hopefully leaves the pandemic behind.

The 5G Opportunity

The ultra-fast connectivity and massive capacity of 5G are believed to have an important role in our future. It is expected to contribute to manufacturing automation, cloud gaming, autonomous vehicles, drones, and remote health care services, among many others. Verizon has been investing heavily to support traffic growth across its networks while it continues to deploy more fiber and additional cell sites to expand its 5G rollout nationwide. The company has already launched 5G mobility service as well as %G home internet in some of the targeted 60 markets. It was the No. 1 winner in the government’s latest auction for spectrum useful for 5G services, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as announced on September 2. Verizon was the most successful bidder as it devoted $1.9 billion to captivate the 5G spectrum.  The company has ambitions to become a top mobile services provider in this space. This is ideal for devices using high-bandwidth services like streaming video. Such uses have seen a rise in demand dictated by the stay-in-place measures arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Winning a swath of spectrum will also bring Verizon closer to rival T-Mobile US (NASDAQ: TMUS), which dramatically increased its licensed holdings with the absorption of Sprint and its assets.

A less dim 2021?

Adam Koeppe, the senior vice president for technology strategy, architecture and planning recently stated that Verizon’s move to virtualized infrastructure is ongoing. This specific transaction is aligned with what Verizon does best, provide reliable wireless services while offering a top quality customer experience Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon, emphasized that the company is pursuing this important strategic acquisition from a position of strength which is reflected in its strong and prudent financial profile. So, if there’s any consolation for this unprecedented year, it seems that 2021 will indeed be less dim.

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Weekly Retail Recap

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This week has brought a bunch of retail earnings reports, showing that specialty stores are on their way back to health.

Urban Outfitters shows strength ahead of holiday season

Urban Outfitters (NYSE: URBN) reported its quarterly profits rose 38 percent as strength of its brands combined with reduced operating expenses drove growth. Stock climbed as earnings reached a record despite the pandemic. The retailers managed to earn $77 million, or a record 78 cents a share, even though revenue fell 1.8% YoY to $970 million, exceeding Wall Street expectations for both EPS of 45 cents and revenue of $931.5 million.

Burlington Stores tops Q3 estimates but warns on weak start to Q4

While sales were challenged due to a weak August which saw deficient inventory levels and delayed back to school purchases, Burlington Stores (NYSE: BURL) saw comparable store sales trends improve significantly throughout the other two months of the quarter. The company did not provide any formal guidance, but revealed that the undergoing quarter has gotten off to a weak start.

Dick’s Sporting Goods came out with solid earnings and big news

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) reported solid earnings Tuesday, with sales at stores open for at least one year growing 23.2% over last quarter. But its major news was that the CEO Ed Stack is stepping down after 36 years in which he transformed his family’s small business into a national presence, took the company public and enacted a strong stance on the US gun debate. The current president Lauren Hobart will be promoted to this role on February 1, and by doing so, she will become company’s first female chief executive.

Nordstrom’s turnaround is real

The iconic fashion retailer reported better than expected third-quarter results. Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) delivered the quarterly earnings of $0.22 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.01 per share but significantly below last year’s $0.81 per share. This has been a hard year for the retailer who saw its shares lose about 42.7% since the beginning of the year while the S&P 500 gained approximately 10.7%.  But after being crushed by the pandemic, Nordstrom now managed to crush Q3 earnings estimates, proving that it is already on the road back to health. COVID-19 gave a severe blow to the retailer due to its focus on selling dressy apparel for work and social events, resulting in sales sinking more than 40% YoY during the first six of the year. But this month, Nordstrom stock has doubled with growing hopes of upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. Also on a bright note, the company is poised to exceed its cost-cutting goals this year, including substantial and permanent reductions to its overhead costs.

American Eagle Outfitters – Sometimes a Beat Just Isn’t Enough

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) posted quarterly earnings of $0.35 per share exceeding Zacks consensus which looked for the company to post $0.33. However, revenue numbers didn’t fare quite so well as it amounted $1.03 billion for the quarter ended October 2020, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.08%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $1.07 billion. The company did not provide any fourth quarter or full year guidance. For Q4, Street analysts forecasted sales declining only 1% this current quarter but profits are expected to drop another 14%, with an overall loss for the year.

Gap fell short

The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) shares tumbled as earnings fell short, but the retailer remains optimistic about the holidays.It expects fourth-quarter sales to be about equal to or slightly higher than a year ago as consumers can’t spend on entertainment and travel, the expectation is that this budget will be directed to discretionary goods during the gift giving season. But fiscal third-quarter earnings fell short of estimates as Old Navy and Athleta sales gains did not manage to offset the increased marketing costs aimed at defining core brands and growing market share.

Shares fell more than 10% in after-hours trading, having risen more than 51% since the start of this year, Gap has a market cap of $10 billion. Gap earned $95 million or earnings per share of 25 cents versus the expected $140 millionand 32 cents by Refinitiv data on a revenue of $3.99 billion versus the $3.82 billion expected.

Same-store sales were up as sales were boosted in large part by the company’s digital business, which surged 61% and accounted for 40% of total sales during the quarter. Gap said it added more than 3.4 million new customers online.

Retailers are hoping for a ‘holiday miracle’

It seems that recovery from the pandemic is underway despite a spike in COVID-19 infections across the globe. Arising number of cases could still hamper both sales and traffic in physical stores. Retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) and Macy’s (NYSE: M) have cited this threat of temporary store closures. But retailers are hoping that the enthusiasm brought on by the holidays might be strong enough to conquer consumer fears of being infected by actually going shopping.  One thing is certain – in a changing apparel retail environment, the above clothing retailers now have the opportunity to fully demonstrate how vital online shopping really is.

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A PC Tuesday

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Working and learning from home trends are still on the rise due to the pandemic. Simultaneously, these trends are boosting the revenues of the tech segment, including personal computer makers. The last reported quarter was a good one for Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL) and HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), since both companies reported better than expected earnings on Tuesday. What is common for the two companies is that they both saw sales increase in their consumer segments, especially laptops. Having in mind that we are all spending more time at home, having a personal computer, the one which is not shared with the others, has become a must.

Dell’s quarterly earnings

Dell reported its results for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, stating that it achieved non-GAAP earnings of $2.03 per share, 46% higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate. This figure is also 16% higher when looked at year over year. Non-GAAP revenues were $23.52 billion, which is 3% higher YoY, with Zacks Consensus Estimates of revenues being 7.3% lower than the achieved ones. Revenues from products stayed stable while service revenues increased by 10%. However, there are some business segments with lower revenues compared to the previous year. Servers and networking revenues dropped by 2%, while storage revenues fell 7%. Commercial revenues grew 5% and consumer revenues increased 14%. It is important to say that the company hit an all-time high sale in client devices, by generating $12.3 million. Non-GAAP gross profit stayed flat at %7.77 billion (33% gross marking), while adjusted EBITDA increased to $3.23 billion (14% EBITDA margin). Dell increased its cash and cash equivalent position from $11.22 billion to $11.30 billion, with an undrawn capacity of $5.9 billion. The debt was reduced to $49.86 billion from $54.5 billion.

HPQ’s quarterly earnings

Like Dell, HP notebook sales jumped during the fourth fiscal quarter. The company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings which ended on October 31st, beating the estimates and providing some optimistic forecasts. Reported revenues are $15.3 billion, while the analysts’ expectations were $14.7 billion. Revenues from the company’s biggest segment, personal systems, remained flat. However, within the segment, there was a drop in demand for desktops and workstations, while the demand for notebooks rose 18% to $7.41 billion. Adjusted earnings were 62 cents per share, exceeding the 52 cents expected by the analysts.

Outlook
Gartner rankings of PC vendors include HP and Dell in the top three positions, just after Lenovo (OTC: LNVGY). HP is at the second position, with Dell following suit. This sequence has been like this for a while, meaning that sales of PCs are growing overall and that PC sales will probably continue to benefit from higher demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite setbacks such as occasional component shortages.

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December Will Be the Big IPO Finale of 2020

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We are getting close to the end of 2020. It’s been a year like no other, the year where everything was in the shade of a global pandemic. How did that affect the companies’ decisions to go public? For a majority of business, it posed a serious obstacle, maybe even the one which cannot be bypassed as companies are fighting for their existence. But some lucky ones such as tech companies were only boosted by it. One market that saw extraordinary activity was the IPO market, with the number of companies going public so far in 2020 nearly double that of the same time last year.

We already talked about last week’s six new IPOs, Sotera Health Company (NASDAQ: SHC), Olema Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OLMA), Yatsen Holding Limited (NYSE: YSG), Maravai LifeSciences Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVI), NeoGames S.A. (NASDAQ: NGMS), and Telos Corporation (NASDAQ: TLS). Last week also brought us 15 special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) which managed to raise $2.5 billion. The activity is set to continue in December, with several high-profile companies filing to make their public debut.

Roblox

Roblox (NYSE: RBLX), an online kid-focused gaming platform, which achieved some epic gains in 2020, is one of the beneficiaries of COVID-19. In-game currency, which is bought with real money, became a way for some folks to amuse their children for a while and either get some peace and quiet or manage to complete their own work. Although it is expected that the growth in 2021 will not be as sharp as in 2020, this user-generated content platform turned out to be a great business. Revenues grew from $312 million in 2018, to $488 million in 2019. The end of September saw revenues of $589 million, which is 68% higher than the same period last year.

Affirm

Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM) is a fintech company founded by PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) co-founder Max Levchin in 2012 alongside Nathan Gettings, Jeffrey Kaditz and Alex Rampell. This e-commerce platform offers consumers to make purchases with interest-free installments, as well as to manage payments or open high-yield savings accounts. Affirm’s products are focused on both consumers and merchants. Consumers can make payments with no deferred interest, hidden fees, or penalties, as well as interest loans with a fixed installment agreed upfront that never compounds. Merchants will get an opportunity to promote their products and services, by getting more and more information to prepare more tailor-made offers. In 2019, the company recorded net revenues of $264.4 million. By the of June 2020, revenues increased to $509.5 million, or 92.7% comparing to the whole 2019. This trend continued in the period from June to September.

Wish

Affirm’s IPO was well-timed and the same could be said for Wish (NASDAQ: WISH), an e-commerce platform selling products from Asia at the lowest possible prices. Even though the company hit some problems regarding its supply chain at the beginning of the pandemic, the timing for its IPO is good. The parent company ContextLogic thinks that way, as it filed a preliminary S-1 to be listed in December. The business model that brings an affordable and entertaining mobile shopping experience to billions of consumers around the world turned out to be a good idea, as the company reported revenues of $1.9 billion in 2019, which is 10% more than 2018 when the company grew 57%. First nine months of 2020 brought the same impressive growth of 32%, with revenues of $1.75 billion. The company also came out with a very strong balance sheet with $1.1 billion in cash and short investments.

The list goes on…

The list of high-profile companies does not end here. We can truly expect a very busy period for initial public offerings. The list includes Airbnb, the home-sharing platform, DoorDash, the food delivery company, as well as some other big IPOs that could be launched by the end of the year, like Churchill Capital Corp V, Far Peak Acquisition and Spartan Acquisition II planned through a SPAC.

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