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Can JetBlue Dare to Thrive Once This Nightmare Is Over?

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JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss first quarter 2020 financial results on May 7th. Under the CARES Act, the airline will receive close to $685 million in grants from the government and an additional $251 million in form of a low-rate interest loan with an extended payback period. This cushion pillow will will help it absorb losses from disrupted operations as COVID-19 has put an end to travel.

But unlike its peers, JetBlue will actually be able to weather the storm quite well with the help of the government and even thrive after this nightmare ends due to its strong balance sheet, one of the strongest in the industry. Also, JetBlue is on good track due to surpassing earnings estimates with its last two reports.

The industry

The stock market was literally pushed off a clif as COVID-19 has put the global economy to a virtual standstill. As for airlines, Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) and Ryanair (NASDAQ:RYAAY) were among the most heavily injured. While the market is slowly recovering, it is not excluded that there will be another major market selloff just like there being a possibility of a second wave of COVID-19. But when it comes to airlines, things couldn’t possibly get any worse they are now so most likely, the majority of stocks are trading close to the bottom. The good news is that once things restart, they will also slowly start to appreciate. But Buffet’s sell off was really the final drop as his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRKB) owned shares of American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL), Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) and United Airlines Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:UAL), all of which slumped as he bailed on the industry. Air Canada (OTC:ACDVF) gave a depressing outlook forecasting a ‘smaller airline world’ whereas Southwest Airlines dared to be a bit optimistic as its CEO believes the worst is behind for the company.

The downside of CARES Act

The government will do whatever it takes to help the airlines to weather this storm but the downside of the CARES Act is the inability of airlines to issue dividends and repurchase their shares, at least until the loan is paid back. But considering the severity of this unprecedented crisis the world has woken up to, this still seems like a fair trade.

Jet Blue has things to do!

During this quiet time, JetBlue has enough time to make all the necessary preparations to enhance its additional competitive advantages and create additional shareholder value.  The airline has been replacing its old and expensive fleet with a much more efficient one, while also refurbishing its planes in order to increase their capacity. The overall project being forecasted to boost annual income by $70 to $80 million. Considering the forced pause, this project might even be finished sooner than expected so the company could enjoy the fruits of its labour once things go back to normal.

Strong balance sheet is key

The company ended 2019 with $1.3 billion in cash. Moreover, it has more than $700 million in credit lines with the option to easily borrow against the majority of its fleet in case of an emergency. This is why JetBlue should have no problems with staying alive for an extended period.

Outlook

All airlines are being rescued by the government in the same manner but maybe JetBlue is in a position to benefit the most from this aid. Unlike its other bigger peers, JetBlue is not a hub-and-spoke carrier so it will be easier for it to restart its origin and destination traffic without major delays. But at the moment as the economy is far away from fully opening sometimes soon, all airlines are in the same position with their stock down to as much as 60% and there is the impact of new guidelines that the government will issue to enable them to carry on with their businesses like it was in pre-COVID-19 days. The airlines will continue to be trading in a depressed territory for a while and things will not be the same even after lockdown measures loosen- the only thing that can truly make things go back to normal is the vaccine. But JetBlue has the odds to not only survive but also thrive once we successfully beat COVID-19.

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News From The Vaccine World

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Less than a year before the COVID-19 started its relentless march across the globe Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX) was facing delisting from the Nasdaq. The 33-year-old Maryland-based pharmaceutical company didn’t have a single approved shot after hundreds of millions of dollars invested in its R&D efforts. Wall Street likes to take bets on unproven biotech such as Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA), but it can be unforgiving of failure.  Fortunately, Novavax is now on the verge of getting approval in the UK, which will probably be followed by the US. Interim data have shown that its vaccine has an efficacy rate up there with the shots developed by Moderna, BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), all of which are based on revolutionary mRNA technology. However, Novavax’ candidate s is cheaper and easier to transport and can be stored at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Additionally, the one-shot candidate by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JMJ) that can be kept at normal temperatures was granted an emergency use authorization during the weekend.

Merck and Johnson will join forces

Merck & Co Inc (NYSE: MRK) will manufacture the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JMJ) under an unusual deal that the Biden administration engineered to boost production of the single-shot ja which has been hampered by manufacturing delays.

The Biden administration helped to engineer the deal between the competitors after J&J, which was, experienced production hold-ups. J&J is the world’s largest healthcare company, but when it comes to vaccines, Merck has the expertise as it is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers with many approved shots.

Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY) is another large vaccine maker that has fallen behind in the COVID-19 vaccine race and has agreed to help boost supplies of the J&J vaccine in Europe. Last month, it stated it would use its capacity to fill vials.

Novavax has finally stopped gasping for air

The CEO of Novavax, Stanley Erck, stated their candidate is more than 90% effective against the original strain, 86% effective against the U.K. strain and considerably less effective against the South African strain. According to forecasts, Novavax will generate more than $5 billion in revenue this year. As it is applying for approval for it flu shot, it will start studies on combining the Covid-19 and flu vaccine into a single shot later this year.

A story with a happy ending for everyone?

Novavax’s story resembles a Cinderella story as a little company that was on the verge of potentially closing has really been able to play with the big boys in the race for the Covid vaccine. The bottom line is that the US will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult by the end of May, which is sooner than anticipated, thanks in part to an unusual type of collaboration we didn’t see since World War II between two of the country’s largest drugmakers.

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Workhorse and Worksport Both Delivered Good News This Week

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EV Update

This week began with good news in the EV world. On Monday, electric truck maker Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) reported before market open. Its shares bounced 4.7% in midday trading Monday after the electric vehicle maker reported a surprise fourth-quarter net profit despite falling short on sales. A piece of good news were more then welcome after last week’s selloff that plunged as low as 47.5% plunge last Tuesday, after the U.S. Postal Service awarded a contract for delivery trucks exclusively to Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), while Workhorse was widely expected to win at least a part of the contract. On Tuesday morning, tonneau-cover manufacturer Worksport (OTC: WKSP) announced it is expanding its capacity to meet increased demand. Worksport announced this morning that it received over US$2.3 Million to date from Exercised Warrants from the recent oversubscribed Regulation A offering.

Workhorse Q4 results

The company reported its net income rose to $280.5 million from $655,000 a year ago, thanks largely to income derived from its investment in Lordstown Motors (NASDAQ: RIDE), an electric pickup startup founded by Workhorse’s former chief executive. The FactSet expected a net loss of $15.1 million. Revenues increased from $3,000 to $652,000, due to a higher volume of produced and delivered trucks, but still came short of FactSet consensus of $1.2 million. According to its Chief Executive, the company is entering the new year in its strongest-ever position, both financially and operationally. With over $200 million of cash on its balance sheet and over 8,000 vehicles in its backlog, it can reliably continue building its multi-year growth plan.

The EV maker is not taking a recent high-profile defeat lying down

The company also revealed it will meet with U.S. Postal Service (USPS) management on Wednesday to discuss the latter’s recent awarding of a 10-year contract that would place Workhorse among top EV manufacturers. With at least 50,000 trucks to be manufactured within a decade, this will be the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades. While the USPS is one of the more financially strapped government entities, cy it’s considered to be an extremely reliable business partner. Following the USPS’s awarding of the contract to Oshkosh, Workhorse issued a press release in which it clearly stated it intends to explore all avenues that are available to non-awarded finalists in a government bidding process. Its odds of getting a second shot could depend on whether President Biden is able to force out the postmaster general who was installed last year by board members appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Worksport is expanding due to increased demand

Innovative pickup truck tonneau cover manufacturer Worksport partnered with Atlis Motor Vehicles and Hercules Electric Vehicles to configure its revolutionary TerraVis solar system for their upcoming electric pickup trucks is expanding further. The company announced on Tuesday morning it is in the final phase of a strategic manufacturing expansion discussions with a few Tier-1 and Tier-2 OEM manufacturing power houses in Canada. The company aims to expand its manufacturing into North American state-of-the-art facilities with 20,000 to 50,000 square feet of operating space to meet its recent U.S.-based Private Label customer growth.  Considering the company was awarded its first trademark in China, this is only the beginning of Worksport’s growth story, not to mention the company is also expanding outside the pickup truck market to the consumer market by extending its solar fusion line with mobile TerraVis COR™ system that can be used independently and recharged via solar or A/C power. These discussions involve logistics to ensure scalability in the manufacturing processes. The expansion will give the company control over capital expenses, greatly reducing risks of overextending its financials during periods of intense demand while building its major Automotive, Freight & Transport, Marine, and Rail ecosystems. With its CEO Steven Rossi at the helm, Workhorse is going all in to exceed customer expectations in terms of quality, innovation, convenience and last but not least, affordability.

Outlook

Workhorse aims to increase production to three trucks a day by the end of this month and reach a daily output of 10 trucks by the end of June. Worksport is aiming to become a Tier 1 OEM manufacturer of solar-powered tonneau covers for electric makers and by the looks of it, it’s well on track, especially as it successfully closed its $4 million Regulation A offering at the beginning February well ahead of the scheduled closing due in November 2021. Demand that is fueling Worksport to rapid growth is key, which is why Workhorse isn’t willing to take USPS’ no for answer.

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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Worksport Receives over US$2.3 Million to date from Exercised Warrants

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TORONTO – March 4th, 2021 — Worksport Ltd (OTC: WKSP) (or the “Company”) is announcing that following the success of their previously oversubscribed Regulation-A public offering, the Company has received over US$2,300,000 from investors who have exercised their warrants.  Having close to 20% of outstanding warrants exercised in such short order following the closeout of the offering again signals the strong interest and support from Worksport’s dedicated investors and shareholders alike.

This additional influx of capital will go to work towards its strategic North American and Chinese manufacturing investments as well as in the development of its TerraVis™ solar tonneau cover system and TerraVis COR™ mobile energy storage system (ESS).

“We would like to take this second opportunity to again express our sincere gratitude by thanking those who invested, continue to share our vision of a bright future, and managed to exercise their warrants in a quick turnaround,” said Worksport CEO Steven Rossi.  “We are in the midst of a major growth period for the Company as we continue to receive this additional working capital that will all but ensure the realization of both the TerraVis™ tonneau cover system and its allied TerraVis COR™ mobile energy storage system to market.  As was stated earlier this week, the Company is deep in discussions with high profile market players as strategic means for rapid & sustainable growth.  Worksport has a myriad of amazing developments in the works and will be updating shareholders on several projects as they become material.”

Investors are reminded that they may redeem their warrants anytime within a period of 12 months from the time of their investment at a price of 20 cents ($0.20) per share.  Worksport strongly encourages investors to exercise their warrants before they expire, especially as they are currently in the money as of the time of this writing.  Warrant redemption can be executed directly with Worksport by emailing the completed warrant redemption form (previously emailed to them) to Faran Ali at fali@worksport.com. They may also call 1 (888) 506-2013 or (917) 793-1634 for assistance through the process.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Worksport news… investors, shareholders, and supporters are encouraged to follow the company’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, as well as sign up for the company’s newsletters at www.worksport.com and www.goterravis.com.  Worksport will continue to update investors, shareholders, and supporters to maintain the highest level of disclosure and information dissemination as Worksport continues to grow and develop at a very rapid pace.

About Worksport Ltd.

Worksport Ltd. (currently OTCQB: WKSP) develops and manufactures high quality, modular, attractively priced tonneau covers and solar-powered systems for light-duty trucks such as the Sierra, Silverado, Canyon, RAM, Ford F-Series, et al. and consumer adventures & emergency/ disaster-recovery purposes, where portable energy is a necessity.  The modular, redefining Worksport TerraVis™ tonneau cover system is being mindfully designed for the jobsite contractor and off-road, light-duty trucker – for work and play – to sustainably supply extra energy for those additional miles.  Its allied TerraVis COR™ mobile energy storage system (ESS), expected to launch by end of 2021, will be another redefining product targeted for vacationers, second-home owners, and campers.  Plans are also being constructed to address the dire adoption & scaling needs of the EV markets with grid micro-charging stations to provide convenience and efficiency in recharging to smaller form-factor EVs.  For more information, please visit www.worksport.com and www.goterravis.com.

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For further information please contact:

Mr. Steven Rossi
CEO & Director

Worksport, Ltd

T: 1-888-554-8789
E: srossi@worksport.com

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to Worksport, Ltd. operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on Company estimates, forecasts, and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond Worksport, Ltd.’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Worksport, Ltd. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. No Stock Exchange or Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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