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Tesla’s European EV Challengers

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Although Europe does not have a truck challenger to Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) yet, it has many other contenders when it comes to batteries and the overall charging technology. Europe is also on the track to develop breakthrough technologies that will greatly benefit the growing EV infrastructure. One such field is the charging speed. Charging an electric car can take up to several hours with even Tesla Supercharger station needing at least 30 minutes. Therefore, reducing charging times as close as to a few minutes that it takes to refuel an internal combustion engine with petrol is crucial for a wider adoption of EVs.

Einride

Einride’s trucks are being built for the logistics industry. Although this Sweden-based company was initially focused on developing remotely-controlled self-driving trucks that would transport goods, it has recently acknowledged that creating a fully autonomous vehicle may take some time. Therefore, it is now building electric trucks for human drivers as well. The company recently signed a deal with Lidl. By supplying these trucks to the German supermarket group, it will support Lidl’s goal to achieve a zero-footprint supply chain. Such deals can greatly speed up the EV revolution. The trend of electric fleets is also seen through Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)’s recent orders that include 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian and 1,800 from Mercedes Benz.

Volta Trucks

This is another Swedish company that recently launched a purpose-built 16-tonne electric truck that can drive up to 200 km on a single charge. The company is expecting to sell 500 of the Volta Zero trucks in 2022, with volumes expected to multiply 10x by 2025. The company is hoping for strong demand as European cities such as London and Paris are supporting eco-friendly vehicles and proposing to ban diesel ones from city centers.

Northvolt

Not surprisingly, one of Europe’s biggest battery startups was founded by ex-Tesla employees. Peter Carlsson, Tesla’s global head of sourcing and supply chain, has worked closely with Elon Musk to launch the Model S. Carlsson believes that while China and the US have been leading when it comes to developing and producing the batteries for electric cars, Europe now has an opportunity to catch up. Paolo Cerruti helped Carlsson launch Northvolt, which is building a giant battery factory in northern Sweden. Once it is up and running, the plant is aiming to produce 32GWh of capacity annually which is near to Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory levels. The company received great support from investors, including Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), as it gathered $1 billion last year. Northvolt is also developing efficient patent-protected recycling processes which will play a great role in creating Europe’s battery supply.

Verkor

France’s startup unveiled ambitious plans to deliver up to 50GWh of battery production capacity. The company is currently looking for a location in France for its first Gigafactory with production scheduled to begin in 2023 with 16GWh capacity. It is backed by French industrial Schneider Electric, real estate group IDEC and the EU’s European Institute of Innovation & Technology. The initial investment in the project is about €1.6 billion.

It is not the only ambitious battery production story in France as energy giant Total SE (NYSE: TOT) and carmaker Groupe PSA already joined forces to create Automotive Cells Company, which is also aiming to start deliveries in 2023. The first phase of the project involves a €200 million investment and a pilot plant built around an existing facility in Nersac, France, owned by Total’s battery production arm called Saft.

Skeleton Technologies – ultracapacitors

Ulracapacitors are devices that discharge energy much faster than batteries. They are also seen as aa potential part of the EV solution. Last year, Tesla bought such a company named Maxwell Technologies for $218 million. It was a part of the strategy to improve the lithium-ion battery used in its vehicles. The goal is to decrease cost while enhancing performance and increasing lifespan. Its European challenger, Estonian Skeleton Technologies, is on track to achieve these goals with the SuperBattery it is developing. It is a ground-breaking graphene battery with a 15-second charging time along with a capability of being recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

The Estonia-based company has just partnered with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to complete the development of this revolutionary battery. If their efforts are successful, they will remove the three main barriers to wide EV adoption: slow charging time, limited range and battery wear-and-tear.

Skeleton Technologies chief executive Taavi Madiberk claims the company’s ground-breaking technology will be a game changer. He also notes that, unlike Tesla, which seeks to do everything itself, the key to energy storage breakthroughs in Europe lies in collaboration between companies.

Outlook

When Tesla opened its first Gigafactory in 2016, it had a clear head start. But, the landscape has greatly altered since then. Gigafactory was described by Musk as “the machine that builds the machine”, a place where everything that Tesla needs is made. The idea behind the Gigafactory was not just to reduce Tesla’s reliance on overseas suppliers but also bring the cost of production down to a level at which it can compete to that of traditional vehicles with internal combustion engines. But unlike the US which saw a sharp shift in perspective when the Trump administration came to power, Europe showed significant support and action in the regulatory space. The future of EVs in Europe looks promising with this new momentum. Europe has started to flex its muscles by supporting electric vehicles along their entire supply chain. This strong dynamics leaves great space for many new developments.

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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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