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Glimpse of Hope for the Luxury Sector

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Lockdowns and travel bans have smashed the luxury industry which depends on physical stores for the bulk of its sales. But LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (OTC: LVMUY) offered a glimpse of hope last week as it reported a smaller than predicted drop in revenues. The French conglomerate saw strong growth at its biggest fashion brands that buoyed revenue in the third quarter and managed to partially offset steep declines in other segments of the luxury empire that has been slammed by the pandemic.

Third quarter earnings report

On Thursday, the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate revealed sales of $14 billion, marking a 7 percent decrease. Analysts forecasted 12 percent drop which would have taken a billion dollars off the statement of financial position. Despite a significant rebound, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate still experienced a 7 percent drop in revenue compared to last year’s quarter. Perfumes & Cosmetics and Selective Retailing told an entirely different story as revenue dropped 16 percent and 29 percent, respectively. But steady growth in online sales, growth in skin care for Guerlain and Dior and a ‘promising start’ for the newly launched Fenty Skin provided a glimpse of hope as well as Sephora that gained market share in its main countries.

Bright spots

A rebound in fashion and leather goods segments somewhat amortized the fallout. Organic revenue at fashion and leather goods, the largest division, increased 12 per cent during the quarter. It is actually above the same quarter last year as some of the sales which were down by a third across the board during the first half of the year have been recaptured during summer. The wines and spirits division which houses Hennessy cognac and Moet & Chandon Champagne also proved to be more resilient than expected. Organic revenue fell 3 per cent when analysts were expecting a 7.9 per cent slump.

Tiffany drama

LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury company, stunned investors when it announced last month that it planned to pull out of a $16 billion deal to buy Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF). The US jeweller unveiled positive sales trends in an effort to keep the deal on track as suits and countersuits are being filed in Delaware. The U.S. state is not only the constituency home for presidential nominee Joe Biden, it’s also where many corporations are registered in the U.S., often due to friendly tax rules. But LVMH stands firm in its opinion that conditions necessary to close the acquisition of Tiffany have not been met and that arguments that Tiffany brought out are unfounded. LVMH holds dividend payments as proof of Tiffany’s mismanagement during the pandemic, suggesting that like other global firms, the jewelry retailer should have delayed them to conserve cash during these uncertain times.

Tiffany’s CEO Roger Farah shot back as he told Bloomberg this is a LVMH’s “blatant attempt to evade ia contractual obligation to pay the agreed-upon price for Tiffany.” This drama will be continued on January 5, the date set for a non-jury trial which are common for such corporate cases.

Outlook

It seems there are still consumers who are eager to splurge on luxury retail despite a gloomy economic backdrop. LVMH’s major beauty brands have been somewhat resilient due to a rising trend in skincare that partially amortized a fall in both make-up demand and international travel purchases. But, retail will remain hampered by the suspension of international travel for the foreseeable future.

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Europe’s EV market is leaving the United States in its dust. According to a recent report obtained by Bloomberg News that is scheduled to be published next week, the European Commission seeks to have at least 30 million EVs on its roads by the end of the decade. This ambitious plan would require stricter emission regulations and the auto industry to massively accelerate its transformation.

At the moment, approximately 1.4 million EVs are being driven in Europe, according to BloombergNEF. Therefore, this research is forecasting there will be 28 million plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2028. But, it’s no secret that young and old-school automakers are gearing up for the race with December being the month that the EV pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) will finally be included in the S&P 500.

Germany’s EV market is poised to overtake California’s

Until the end of September, Germany registered 98,370 battery-powered cars this year, according to a report by Berlin-based Schmidt Automotive Research. California is significantly behind with 73,166, as growth has slowed this year. Meanwhile, growth in Germany has been fueled by aggressive subsidies of up to 9,000 euros per car, as reported by Bloomberg News. But this is great news for Tesla who is Berlin Gigafactory Berlin is set to open in 2021 with an annual target capacity of building 500,000 vehicles annually, which is greater than its total 2019 sales. But Tesla’s entry in the backyard of automotive legends has not gone unnoticed as Volkswagen Group’s (OTC: VWAGY) CEO Herbert Diess revealed its plans is to become, on the technological basis, competitive with Tesla. The German giant has committed last month to launch approximately 70 all-electric vehicles by 2030, of which 20 are already in production.

Hyundai revealed a modular EV-only platform

By now, automakers have come to the realization that shoving electric vehicle parts into ICE built vehicles won’t do the trick. For this reason, the industry leader, Tesla, designs its own motors. Same goes for the EV startup, Lucid Motors, who just finished the first phase of its $700 million EV factory in Arizona as it invested heavily to follow Tesla’s footprints. With that in mind, Hyundai is the latest automaker to introduce an EV-only platform. It also revealed it will produce 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025. The new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which stands for “Electric-Global Modular”, will be the underpinning of Hyundai and Kia’s electric future beginning next year.

The first vehicle will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5that we’ve so far only seen in concept form. Hyundai didn’t share details on battery pack size on Wednesday, but revaled that the EVs will come with a 500 kilometres driving range.

The race is just getting started

The global electric vehicle market has evolved immensely over the past decade. But even though we’ve already seen some incredible growth across the globe, these developments and industry predictions suggest that we’ve only seen a trailer of the EV blockbuster that will take place across the globe.

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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EV Updates – Europe and China Are Going Full Speed Ahead

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Europe’s EV market is leaving the United States in its dust. According to a recent report obtained by Bloomberg News that is scheduled to be published next week, the European Commission seeks to have at least 30 million EVs on its roads by the end of the decade. This ambitious plan would require stricter emission regulations and the auto industry to massively accelerate its transformation.

At the moment, approximately 1.4 million EVs are being driven in Europe, according to BloombergNEF. Therefore, this research is forecasting there will be 28 million plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2028. But, it’s no secret that young and old-school automakers are gearing up for the race with December being the month that the EV pioneer Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) will finally be included in the S&P 500.

Germany’s EV market is poised to overtake California’s

Until the end of September, Germany registered 98,370 battery-powered cars this year, according to a report by Berlin-based Schmidt Automotive Research. California is significantly behind with 73,166, as growth has slowed this year. Meanwhile, growth in Germany has been fueled by aggressive subsidies of up to 9,000 euros per car, as reported by Bloomberg News. But this is great news for Tesla who is Berlin Gigafactory Berlin is set to open in 2021 with an annual target capacity of building 500,000 vehicles annually, which is greater than its total 2019 sales. But Tesla’s entry in the backyard of automotive legends has not gone unnoticed as Volkswagen Group’s (OTC: VWAGY) CEO Herbert Diess revealed its plans is to become, on the technological basis, competitive with Tesla. The German giant has committed last month to launch approximately 70 all-electric vehicles by 2030, of which 20 are already in production.

Hyundai revealed a modular EV-only platform

By now, automakers have come to the realization that shoving electric vehicle parts into ICE built vehicles won’t do the trick. For this reason, the industry leader, Tesla, designs its own motors. Same goes for the EV startup, Lucid Motors, who just finished the first phase of its $700 million EV factory in Arizona as it invested heavily to follow Tesla’s footprints. With that in mind, Hyundai is the latest automaker to introduce an EV-only platform. It also revealed it will produce 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025. The new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which stands for “Electric-Global Modular”, will be the underpinning of Hyundai and Kia’s electric future beginning next year.

The first vehicle will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5that we’ve so far only seen in concept form. Hyundai didn’t share details on battery pack size on Wednesday, but revaled that the EVs will come with a 500 kilometres driving range.

The race is just getting started

The global electric vehicle market has evolved immensely over the past decade. But even though we’ve already seen some incredible growth across the globe, these developments and industry predictions suggest that we’ve only seen a trailer of the EV blockbuster that will take place across the globe.

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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Snowflake Is Keeping The Magic Alive

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Snowflake Inc’s (NYSE: SNOW) September magic will go down in history as the world’s hottest software IPO. When Snowflake announced its public debut, the demand for its shares was far higher than the supply. It seems that it still is. The initial share price expectation was between $75 and $85. However, the company went public at $120 a share, and it skyrocketed to an amazing $300 on its first day of trading, breaking the record and becoming the largest company to ever double its value on its opening day. This is how Snowflake’s blockbuster debut became the largest software IPO on record.

One of Snowflake’s key innovations in keeping the data storage separate from computing, allowing the businesses to get insights from the stored data. Snowflake came out with this service before Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) offered their equivalent products, making it easier for Snowflake to grab a part of the data warehousing market.

Snowflake’s earnings report

Snowflake’s revenues jumped 119% to $159.6 million in the fiscal third quarter which ended October 31st. Revenue growth in the previous quarter was 121%. There is an improvement in the segment of losses – in the year-ago quarter, losses were $1.92 per share, whereas this time around, the company showed a loss of $1.01 per share. The company also reported an adjusted loss of 62 cents per share. Although the earnings report pulled down the share price by 16.1%, with the closing price that day at $339.89, we cannot forget that the company went public with a share price of $120.

Microsoft’s answer

The cloud data management service market is expected to be worth around $13 billion next year. Amazon has been improving its AWS cloud unit so it’s not only Snowflake who has the answer for more and more customers trying to understand all the data and information stored in the cloud and corporate data centers. Microsoft also decided to take on Snowflake and Amazon by unveiling another product designed to enable companies to analyze and keep track of data. Azure Synapse Analytics tool is already used by companies like ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (OTC: ABN.AS), Wolters Kluwer N.V. (OTC: WKL.VI), FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG).

Outlook

Snowflake’s management was satisfied with the company’s performance in its first quarter as a public company. Forecasted revenues for the quarter ending in January are within a range between $162 million and $167 million. As many businesses are increasingly shifting their activities to the cloud, the demand for warehousing solutions, like Snowflake’s, will stay high, and it is safe to say that more growth is ahead of us. Having in mind that the demand is expected to increase, the cloud data management service market should follow suit. Therefore, Snowflake’s expectation to generate revenues of $540 million in fiscal 2021 seems doable.

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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