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As the health crisis now enters its eight month, consumers are seeking safe comfort in streaming content at the comfort of their own home. Roku’s (NASDAQ: ROKU) shares surged 11% in Friday’s trading after the streaming video platform reported stellar third-quarter earnings. Revenue and EBITDA came well above Street estimates.

Highlights

The growth of The Roku Channel, its ad-supported streaming service, grew its reach to 54 million people.

The stronger demand has translated to increased ad revenue and player unit sales which grew 57% from the prior-year quarter. Base of active accounts expanded 43% to 46 million, while streaming hours rose 54% as they reached 14.8 billion.

Third quarter’s revenue amounted to $451.7 million, marking an 73% year-over-year increase during the quarter, exceeding analyst estimates of $367.8 million. Diluted earnings of 9 cents a share easily exceeded forecasts that estimated a loss of 40 cents a share.

A durable change

CFO Steve Louden stated that the pandemic triggered a lasting and durable change in how marketers are approaching their TV ad budget spending. Moreover, Roku is seeing 100% retention in advertisers who spend more than $1 million and does not anticipate them moving back to linear platforms. There is no going back. Monetized video ad impressions skyrocketed nearly 90% YoY during the quarter. During the previous quarter, this increase was 50% on the same basis.

Not only are existing brands growing their ad spending but many new advertisers are shifting into streaming to reach customers who are leaving traditional linear television behind. These first-time advertisers more than doubled YoY during the quarter. Considering that 97% of brands spent $1 million or more with Roku in Q3 2019 continued to invest in Q3 2020, it seems that once they discover Roku, they tend to stay on board.

Expansion

One of the best perks of Roku is the fact it thrives with increasing the number of streaming players. It has a deal with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) to distribute Peacock and include NBCUniversal content in The Roku Channel, including a live stream of NBC News. As more media companies move toward streaming and need to partner with Roku, the company can leverage its growing active accounts to win more content for The Roku Channel in exchange for distributing direct-to-consumer content. Roku bas been gaining strength in its negotiating position over the past year. Meanwhile, Roku is also expanding the footprint of The Roku Channel away from its platform as it recently made a deal to stream on Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Fire TV devices. It also just launched a mobile app, which lets users stream on their phones.

Outlook

Roku estimates that Q4 revenue growth will be in line with previous holiday seasons, more precisely in the mid-40% range. However, due to macroeconomic uncertainty from global coronavirus case resurgences to weakened consumer spending levels,  formal guidance for Q4 figures was not provided. The company’s pre-pandemic full-year outlook, that was issued back in February, guided for 42% YoY revenue yearly growth, approximately breakeven EBITDA and a loss in the range between $160 million to $180 million.

How much does the pandemic weigh?

During the last reported quarter, Roku delivered outstanding financial and operational results. It saw a robust demand for TV streaming products, strong growth in advertising and the expansion of partnerships for content distribution. COVID-19 did Roku a great favor in accelerating the shift of consumers moving away from traditional linear and pay TV. However, the stock was selling off on Monday after Pfizer Inc.’s (NYSE: PFE) blockbuster vaccine news. Yet, Roku was doing great before this virus even started its relentless march across the globe. It counts on Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is a very strong partner of Roku’s which sells millions of Rokus a year.

Therefore, Roku continues to invest in competitive differentiation and execute well its strategic plan, it does not have to worry about pandemic becoming history anytime soon- a scenario the world is hoping for. Cord cutting started half a decade before the pandemic struck, and the world isn’t going back to traditional broadcasting any time soon. Pandemic or no pandemic, Roku still has a lot of room left for growth.

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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.

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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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