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Diverse NASDAQ IPO Week Ahead

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This week’s schedule contains eight IPOs. Moreover, this week is featuring the year’s first billion-dollar offering from mobile game developer Playtika Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: PLTK). Besides games, there will be loans, pet care and more on this week’s repertoire.

Casino mobile games

Playtika Holding is a leading developer of casino-based mobile games. It plans to raise $1.6 billion at a $9.7 billion market cap. The company produces nine of the top 100 highest grossing games in the US. It primarily grows its game portfolio through acquisitions. This is a profitable company with strong cash flow generation, with its two top titles accounting for half of FY19 revenue.

Racing games (NASCAR included)

Racing game developer Motorsport Games (NASDAQ: MSGM) initially planned to raise $40 million at a $278 million market cap. Today, the Miami-based company upsized IPO to raise up to $60 million now expects to offer 3 million shares in the IPO, up from plans to offer 2.35 million shares disclosed on January 6th. While revenue declined in 2019, growth accelerated during nine months of 2020.

Fintech

Affirm Holdings (NASDAQ: AFRM) plans to raise $873 million at a $10.6 billion market cap. Although it is fast-growing, the company remains unprofitable with its “buy now pay later” loans for online purchases. On September 30, 2020, its platform had more 6.2 million consumers completing approximately 17.3 million transactions with 6,500 merchants.

Petcare

Petco Health and Wellness (NASDAQ: WOOF) plans to raise $744 million at a $4.0 billion market cap. The Pet care retailer previously filed for an IPO in 2015, but ended up withdrawing as it was acquired by CVC Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. After flat or negative comparable store sales growth in recent years, online segment helped its comp growth rise during the latest fiscal year.

Auto services

Driven Brands Holdings (NASDAQ: DRVN), North America’s largest auto services company with more than 4,100 locations across 49 states in the US and 14 countries, plans to raise $703 million at a $3.1 billion market cap. The company is profitable with strong growth,  but it will be highly leveraged post its IPO.

Fashion e-commerce

Fashion e-commerce platform Poshmark (NASDAQ: POSH) plans to raise $244 million at a $3.1 billion market cap. With growing demand for secondhand apparel, gross merchandise value has grown at least 25% in six of the last seven quarters. The company achieved profitability in 2020 but it operates in a highly competitive market.

Classical music

Kuke Music Holding (KUKE) plans to raise $55 million at a $339 million market cap. The Beijing-based company claims to be China’s largest classical music licensing service provider with about 47 per cent market share in terms of revenue in 2019. The company’s quarterly sales growth has been lumpy. Revenue declined in FY 19 and during nine months of FY 20. This streaming service for classical music already attempted to raise capital on the Hong Kong stock exchange and twice.

Chemicals

Chinese chemicals maker Qilian International Holding (NASDAQ: QLI) is aiming for $30 million at a $210 million market cap. The company covers development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of licorice products, along with traditional Chinese medicine derivatives and fertilizers, among others. Although it is profitable, a red flag is that revenue declined in the FY19.

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A Major EV Win for the Biden Administration

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On Sunday, the two South Korean battery makers, LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation Co. reached a settlement that will allow two plants in Georgia to move forward with plans to produce lithium-ion batteries for Ford Motor (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY). The settlement was reached before the Biden administration’s deadline on Sunday to intervene and reverse the decision made by the U.S. International Trade Commission. This outcome is a major win for the administration which recently unveiled a sweeping infrastructure plan to boost its EV progress. Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes $174 billion in EV spending, which is more than the amount proposed for spending on roads and bridges.

The deal

Back in February, the ITC ruled that SK Innovation had stolen trade secrets related to EV batteries from LG Energy Solutions and ordered the U.S. to block the company from importing supplies to build batteries. The companies agreed to drop litigation in both the U.S. and South Korea and not pursue further lawsuits for a decade. SK Innovation will also pay LG Energy Solution $1.8 billion in cash and royalties.

Not resolving the dispute would cause more harm than thousands of lost jobs in Georgia, it threatened the whole country’s progress in curbing climate change with its EV efforts. For now, electric vehicles make 2% of new auto sales but the Biden administration is determined to shift away from gas-powered engines. If no settlement was reached, the Biden administration may have had to overrule the ITC in order to allow SK Innovation to build the plant as otherwise, Volkswagen and Ford would have had to find new battery suppliers with diminished bargaining power which would have delayed new model releases and hampered their EV progress. But doing so would harm its relationship with LG Chem that has a joint venture with General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), with at least one more planned with, along with its other major clients such as Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA).

Joining forces with to build a strong EV supply chain 

Jong Hyun Kim, CEO of LG Energy Solution, and Jun Kim, CEO of SK Innovation, said in a joint statement that the firms would “compete in an amicable way”. The two South Korean battery makers are dedicated to work together to support the Biden administration’s climate agenda and to develop a robust U.S. supply chain. The United States need a strong, diversified and resilient EV battery supply chain to create good-paying jobs and lay the groundwork for an EV future. The president’s EV proposal also involves installing at least 500,000 charging stations across the country within less than a decade, incentives for Americans to purchase EVs along with funding to equip factories with the new technology and take care of the domestic supply of materials.

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A Jam-Packed Week Ahead

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JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Delta earnings (NYSE: DAL) along with Coinbase IPO are just some of this week’s main spotlights. Other companies set to report earnings include Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY), Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), PepsiCo Inc (NASDAQ: PEP), and UnitedHealth Group International (NYSE: UNH).

Monday

Monday will be the calm before the economic data storm. The federal budget balance is poised to be the day’s main event.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we will get a look into some economic data such as the consumer price index for March. The CPI Index rose 0.4% in February, marking an annual increase of 1.7%.

Wednesday

Wednesday is the day of earnings, including reports by JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo as well as Bed Bath & Beyond, all before the opening bell.

But, it is also the day of the initial public offering of the cryptocurrency exchange operator, Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN). Coinbase was founded in 2012 as a platform to trade bitcoin. Today, it has 43 million users and serves 7,000 institutional customers. Its IPO was delayed due to an investigation from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, after which the company agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle regulatory claims that it reported misleading information about its trading volumes. It did not admit to or deny the allegations.

Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) will hold a virtual Vaccine Day for analysts and investors, where the company’s leadership will discuss its mRNA vaccines and key considerations for future developments.

Thursday

Besides economic reports, Thursday will also be a big earnings day as Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW), Citigroup (NYSE: C), Delta Air Lines, JB Hunt Transportation Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT), PepsiCo, Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD), Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC), United Health Group, and US Bancorp are all set to report before the market open, while Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and PPG Industries Inc (NYSE: PPG) will report after the bell.

Friday

Before the opening bell, Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY), The Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK), Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG), Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC), and State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) will report their earnings. But many eyes will be upon President Biden who will have his first meeting with a foreign leader since taking office. With Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Biden is expected to discuss a new trade alliance to bolster semiconductor production as the world faces crippling chip shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. trade war with China.

Overall, a versatile and exciting week is ahead.

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President Biden is pushing hard to get more Americans to buy EVs in order to combat global warming and encourage domestic manufacturing with a $2 trillion infrastructure plan he is trying to sell to Congress that includes about $174 billion to boost EV sales and production, which is more than the president proposes spending on roads and bridges. The EV market is developing full speed ahead across the globe, with Europe and China being already ahead of the US in the race towards an all-electric future.

Peugeot Is Coming After Volkswagen and Tesla

As Stellantis N.V. (NYSE: STLA) came to life as Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and Groupe PSA joined forces, one of their subsidiary brands recently revealed a fully electric Peugeot 308 will arrive in 2023 to challenge Volkswagen’s (OTC: VWAGY) multi-billion euro gamble to challenge Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA) electric car dominance, the ID.3. Despite initial software problems, VW’s first all-electric vehicle has been well received with the investment bank UBS declaring it to be a viable threat to Tesla, with a huge family of electric vehicles across the VW brand empire coming along in the near future.

The recent petit e-208, an all-electric version of the popular 208 hatchback made a great first impression with its blend of style, driving dynamics, gadgets and range. The e-208 is currently the quickest and most powerful 208 variant on sale and the upcoming e-308 could become Europe’s best-looking hatchback. Specifics regarding e-308 are rather scarce, besides the fact that it is in the works and that it’s going to debut in 2023.

The future of the U.S. EV market hangs in the balance

President Biden has until Sunday to intervene in a dispute between two major South Korean battery producers over the fate of lithium-ion battery factories in Georgia. His decision carries major implications for plans of US automakers to produce new EVs over the coming years. The outcome threatens Biden’s EV goals for the United States and the Democratic Party’s fragile success in the key state.

The battle of two South Korean Corporations

SK Innovation has built a large battery factory northeast of Atlanta, in the city of Commerce, with another factory alongside it being under construction, and a third in the works. But, earlier this year, SK said its operations in Georgia may be shut down due to a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission of its dispute with LG Chem. Despite a deep political division in the state, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in trying to save the factories. The stakes are high as letting the ruling stand could damage the Democratic Party’s credibility in Georgia and hobble a key supplier in a domestic EV market already hungry for batteries. On the other hand, vetoing the decision would call into question the administration’s global efforts to advance intellectual property protections, which is a major priority from an economic perspective.

The Detroit battle lines are clearly drawn

For the needs of its electric pickup F-150 which is due next year, Ford has contracted with SK Innovation which has been accused of destroying evidence in a case alleging stolen trade secrets. SK threatened to withdraw its battery business from the U.S. altogether if Biden doesn’t overturn the decision, which would leave Ford Motor (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen with diminished bargaining power with remaining suppliers.

On the other end, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has a joint venture with at least one more planned with LG Chem. In addition to GM, some of LG’s major clients include Tesla Inc. and Hyundai Motor Company (OTC: HYMTF).

A tough decision to make

Now it’s up to the Biden administration to decide whether to get involved. This situation illustrates the fragility of U.S. automakers’ battery supply chains as traditional automakers are investing heavily in their EV infrastructure but remain reliant on Asian suppliers to provide the energy to power their EVs. President Biden needs to find a way not to condone unfair trade practices but support policies that will support the United States in becoming a leader in the EV market while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions.

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