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Estee Lauder Reports Outstanding First Quarter Results But Cuts Estimates

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It pays out to be pretty and it pays out to be Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE: EL) as the company grows ahead of the beauty industry. The company managed to exceed analyst expectations and reported a 19 percent jump in earnings due to higher revenues in international markets. But, despite beating EPS and revenue estimates, the beauty retailer’s stock shed 3.6% after the company cut its full fiscal year outlook.

Q1 earnings results

The 19% jump in earnings resulted in net income of $595 million from $500 million last year. And it’s all due to higher revenues as net sales increased 3.9 billion which is an 11% increase $3.52 billion in the prior-year. This extraordinary result is due to the growth of the skincare segment, travel retail as well as China and other emerging markets. Excluding adjustments, net sales increased 12%.
Total reported operating income was $779 million which is a 19% increase from $652 million in the prior year. Operating income increased 20% excluding the unfavourable impact of currency translation of $4 million, restructuring as well as other charges and adjustments of $25 million which were $36 million in the prior-year period.

The increase in operating profit largely reflected higher net sales and disciplined cost management throughout the business while increasing advertising investment. Net income climbed by 19% to $595 million. Adjusted earnings increased by 19% to $1.67, or grew 20% in constant currency.

As for the balance sheet, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $2.26 billion along with the company’s long-term debt to $2.89 billion. But being cautious, the company lowered its fiscal 2020 earnings guidance and guided second-quarter earnings below the Street’s due to the riots in Hong Kong. And there’s the impact of a strong dollar will knock off another 5 cents per share of its profit per share.

The beauty industry – unlimited opportunities

Depending on the segment, the company is facing intense competition in each field. Skincare percentage change was by far the largest with an increase of 24%. With pollution, both women and men are clearly putting more emphasis on the health of their skin, a trend the company used well. Skincare has definitely overtaken makeup and is showing no signs of slowing down.

As for makeup, there was a slight improvement of a 3% increase due to the Estee Lauder brand itself but also M•A•C, Tom Ford Beauty, and the prestigious La Mer. But, fragrance despite growth of Jo Malone London was diminished by decreases of other designer fragrances, falling 2%. Haircare decreased 5% due to lower net sales of Bumble and Bumble, with other segments dropping as much as 29% so there’s definitely a need for restructuring.

Geography-wise, the American segment fell 6% but Europe, Africa and the Middle East went up 17% triggered by double digit gains in travel retail and online. Moreover, revenue from the whole Asia/Pacific region went up 24% with growth in nearly every market in the region and more than half is growing double digits but on constant currency basis. And the Asia-Pacific market is expected to reach $126.8 billion by 2020, being the second largest cosmetic market after Europe.

Competitors

Lancôme, now owned by L’Oréal (OTC: LRLCY), the world’s largest beauty company, is among Forbes’ world’s most valuable brands and it is among the world’s seven largest beauty manufacturers. It is also a proof that not any skincare but luxury skincare is driving profits in the beauty industry. This year in fact, L’Oréal had its best sales growth in over 10 years which pushed its stock to its new high in back in February this year. And the company’s CEO didn’t’ stop there as he further went ahead to note that beauty products are proving to be resilient against the worsening macroeconomy. L’Oréal is taking advantage of the industry’s strength by “fuelling growth” through investing across media, digital channels, and e-commerce to reach more consumers but unlike Estee Lauder, it isn’t leveraging its presence in the luxury segment and transitioning away from the more ordinary cosmetics markets. So unlike Estee Lauder, it has many other competitors to think about like The Unilever Group (NYSE:UL), Johnson and Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), The Procter and Gamble company (NYSE:PG), etc. But the company is making serious moves in the Chinese market as it last week acquired two perfumes, boosting its fragrance division by almost 1/6 its last year size to attract Chinese customers to the enchantment of perfumes.

And there’s also the Japanese Shiseido Co. Ltd (OTC:SSDOY) that generates far less revenue than both of its competitors, but it is the only that comes as far to the luxury segment. And like others, it redesigned its makeup line to appeal to younger generations. The company just acquired skincare brand Drunk Elephant that will add to the company’s prestige.

And let’s not forget the Parisian Christian Dior (EPA:CDI) whose share price has soared 213% in the last half decade. And there are the private and among the oldest beauty companies in the world, also proudly French-brands: Chanel and Guerlain. And everyone’s going for a piece of the luxury skincare pie!

Outlook

Sales growth for the second quarter is expected to be only in the 7-8% range with the whole fiscal year 2020 also expected to be in the same range. The diluted EPS for the second quarter is expected in the range of $1.75- 1.79 and for the whole fiscal year 2020 $5.58 to $5.69. This estimation includes the unfavourable impact from currency translation. The bottom line is that the company is seeing strong demand for its high-quality products as all four of the company’s biggest brands, each with annual sales well over $1 billion, grew globally. The company expects to further grow ahead of the industry seizing more global share of the beauty market as its CEO, Fabrizio Freda proudly stated that the results reflect the agility and resiliency of the company’s business model. Considering this entire segment, it seems that those investors who are concerned about the weakening economy should perhaps consider the beauty market as even Chinese consumers showed increasing appetite for beauty products, despite the economic slowdown. But the ones who are truly booming are the ‘luxury beauty products’.

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Five IPO Week Ahead

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This week’s schedule consists of five IPOs and one direct listing.

E-commerce

South Korea’s answer to Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), the giant Coupang (NYSE: CPNG) plans to raise $3.4 billion at a $51.0 billion market cap. A leading player in its market nearly doubled revenue in 2020 and has expanded its margins, but it is unprofitable. Also, significant investments in fulfillment will weigh on cash flow in the near term. Its public debut has been overshadowed by series of injuries and deaths of its workers as eight employees have reportedly died over the past year due to overwork. Although South Korea has strong labor laws for full-time workers, including a maximum 52-hour work week, compulsory one-hour breaks during an eight-hour shift, and mandatory medical insurance for work-related injuries, these laws do not apply to temporary workers without contracts, and unions say there are many loopholes that companies such as Coupang are exploiting. Moreover, Financial Times reported its warehouse workers claim that the workload is much heavier compared to the company’s rivals.

Online gaming

Online gaming platform Roblox (NYSE: RBLX) will be 2021’s first direct listing. With an estimated market value at listing exceeding $29 billion, the company is still unprofitable with strong free cash flow. Its growth has been accelerated by the pandemic, although all of its revenues depend only on 1% of players. The platform for user-generated games is a universe of interconnected worlds created by CEO Dave Baszucki and the late Erik Cassel who played around with physics in a virtual world. They ended up coded a platform where kids and adults could interact in 3D simulated virtual environments that resembles virtual Legos. Some of its games have been played billions of times.

Pool equipment

Pool equipment supplier Hayward Holdings (NYSE: HAYW) plans to raise $725 million at its New York public debut at a $4.4 billion market cap. The company is a global industry-leader with a broad portfolio that holds an estimated 30% share of the North American residential pool market with its largest customer accounting for 30% of its 2020 sales, and its top five customers making 43% of its sales.

Craft

Fabric and crafts retailer JOANN (NASDAQ: JOAN) plans to raise $175 million but Barrons estimates it could raise as much as $186 million. The company operates a nationwide network of 855 sewing, fabrics, and arts and crafts retail stores, leveraged by an online digital platform as it sells fabric, sewing supplies, and paints and brushes, many of which became more needed than ever for mask-making. It is the nation’s leader in sewing as it controls approximately one-third of the market. The company is expected to make its NASDAQ debut on March 11th.

From after-school tutoring to an education group

The largest operator of private high schools in Western China and the third largest operator in China by student enrollment as of December 31, 2019, First High-School Education Group (NYSE: FHS) plans to raise $75 million at a $289 million market cap. Although it was originally established to provide after-school tutoring services, the company now owns 19 schools in its developing network.

Meat steak technology

Israeli tech company that develops cultured meat tech products, MeaTech 3D (NASDAQ: MITC) plans to raise $25 million at a $175 million market cap. This is a technology company focused on developing and out-licensing its proprietary 3D printing technology, biotechnology processes and customizable manufacturing processes to food companies that manufacture proteins without animal slaughter. In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the company successfully printed meat tissue from stem cells as it delivered a thin, slaughter-free steak, but it has not generated any revenues and this will continue being the case in the near future.

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Weekly Earnings Preview

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Here are a few spotlights on this week’s earnings front.

Personalized clothing is still trending.

On Monday after market close, Wall Street expects Stitch Fix Inc (NASDAQ: SFIX) to lose 22 cents per share and show revenue of $512.22 million as top line is expected to gain from continued growth in the company’s active client base. Valuation concerns have emerged, but the online clothing personalization specialist is investing heavily to expand the total addressable market and speed up purchase decisions. With a group of 145 data scientists, it is building an algorithmically-driven engine to showcase personalized apparel options so clients don’ need to search and browse to find desired clothing. But what investors want to see revenue growth acceleration and improved profit margins. What Stitch Fix did show is that even in times of a recession, consumers are willing to spend on clothing, as long as they’re given a helping hand which is exactly what its tech-powered team of stylists did.

Leaving the drama on the stage, or more precisely, the screen.

On Wednesday, Wall Street expects AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE: AMC) to lose $3.21 per share on revenue of $156.3 million. There has been tons of drama outside the movie theaters, along with comedy and suspense with the Reddit-related noise. In 2020, movie ticket revenues plunged 82% YoY to $2.1 billion but the combination of vaccines and eased social distancing restrictions, AMC’s prospects should improve. Additionally,  AMC’s has enacted several capital raises which has greatly reduced the risk of near-term bankruptcy. Nevertheless, AMC needs to show it has what it takes to stay strong, particularly as streaming giants begin to release movies directly from their platforms.

Oracle is aiming for the clouds.

Also on Wednesday, after market close, Wall Street expects Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) to earn $1.11 per share on revenue of $10.07 billion. The market appears willing to assign multiple expansion to Oracle shares as the company transforms its business into a cloud subscription-based model, something that resembles what Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) did a decade ago. But it remains to be seen if Oracle can compete with Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), Workday Inc (NASDAQ: WDAY) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). The company must demonstrate how it plans to gain a larger share of the market as the cloud market continues to accelerate.

DocuSign needs to show its digital framework is sustainable beyond the pandemic.

On Thursday, Wall Street expects DocuSign Inc (NASDAQ: DOCU) to earn 22 cents per share on revenue of $407.65 million. The selloff in tech stock have seemingly strengthened the pressure on its stock. DocuSign’s success is owed to enabling individuals and businesses to digitize an agreement process which was incredibly handy during the global pandemic as enterprises were forced to operate remotely. However, vaccines have made the market question DocuSign’s ability to sustain its growth rate. The company needs to show it can diversify its revenue stream with other products such as its contract lifecycle management platform which is seen as a strong growth candidate along with outlining its path towards profitability.

Although this might not be a very busy earnings week with five scheduled IPOs, we’re still in for some interesting insights as the world is building a new kind of post-pandemic normalcy.

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Healthcare Industry- A Diamond In the Rough

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When looking for growth stocks, the healthcare industry probably isn’t the first place you’d think to look. Yet, what we realized last year is that an invisible enemy that weighs less than 1g can not only threaten our lives but actually stop the world – and healthcare ended up being the only superhero that we could turn to. Over the past decade, healthcare companies working behind the scenes have produced market-crushing gains. But US healthcare, which has dealt poorly with the pandemic, is worth almost $4 trillion a year.

Three years ago, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon unveiled a joint initiative to fix the already troubled US healthcare system. But, the Haven venture will dissolve in February. Even the bosses of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK-B) and JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) were no match for this complex industry. The trio had a good plan as this is just the kind of legacy set-up tech should be able to skewer. They wanted to use their combined workforce that exceeds 1 million in a non-profit, tech-driven venture, to show what could be achieved without intermediaries.

But disruption alone cannot finish the job as hiring renowned surgeon Dr Atul Gawande as chief executive, someone better known for writing about healthcare than running a business, suggests the project prioritized talking over doing. Perhaps this is what got us in the trouble with the global pandemic in the first place. Fortunately, vaccine makers such as Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX) and Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) delivered on their promises and we can see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel thanks to their candidates. But, even though three of the world most successful businessmen didn’t succeed, does not mean that massive potential is not there.

Healthcare’s where the money goes

In 2019, U.S. healthcare spending grew to $3.8 trillion, which was 4.6% more than 2018. We can be sure this figure will keep rising because the pandemic has amplified how vulnerable human health is. The beauty of the industry is that health encompasses so many different segments such as clinical services, manufacturing of drugs and medical equipment, and healthcare-related support services, including medical insurance. These companies play a key role in the diagnosis, treatment, nursing, and management of illness, disease, and injury. They are essential for the health of the population which can easily be considered as the most important task on the planet.

Electronic health records still didn’t bring any benefits

Over the past decade, the federal government has spent about $36 billion to ditch paper records and switch to electronic health records. But accessing that data and actually using it to make better decisions for patients is still more challenging than it should be. If you want to know what your doctor looks like when he or she is angry and frustrated, try asking them about their experience with EHR providers.

In a nutshell, the hired providers focused primarily on facilitating complex billing systems that don’t have a lot to do with the main service. In simple words, the software hospitals bought was not made with healthcare in mind and the goal to help physicians make better treatment decisions and therefore it was set for failure from the very beginning. Healthcare is a noble profession that is much more about qualitative than quantitative figures. But, this does not mean it cannot benefit from software, on the contrary. Technology can do a great job in taking control of automated processes away from so doctors and nurses can devote their energy to what no machine can do – restore a patient’s health and save a life. We can take a medicine for a symptom or boost our immune system, but only a human being can find a way to identify what went wrong and make a roadmap to get us on a path to health, sometimes with their own hands. Have no doubt, what medical staff does is nothing short of magic. In order to serve them, the people behind the technology need to be aware of what these magnificent people do before creating the software.

Achieving scale and speed

The healthcare industry spends more than $600 billion per year on administration costs, which makes about 30% of all healthcare costs. Healthcare Business Resources, Inc. is one of the rare companies focused on providing technology solutions to make healthcare organizations more efficient. They are able to provide modern management, marketing, and technology solutions and refresh the antiquated healthcare business model because its officers, directors and advisors have a healthcare background. They are an SEC reporting issuer but not yet publicly traded.  They cumulatively acquired companies with a combined value exceeding  $20 billion who run billion dollar healthcare systems. They plan to grow primarily through strategic acquisitions to benefit from the power of synergy in which one plus one is not only greater than two but can also be greater than 11 – because when the right people come together, magic happens.

Healthcare is the place to be

The last drop that contributed to Haven’s collapse may have been the Amazon-ifying of healthcare as the ecommerce giant has launched online prescription service Amazon Pharmacy and a virtual primary care facility for employees. Even Jeff Bezos knew that if he wants to shake some of the criticism, US healthcare is always a good place to start. If 2020 taught us anything is that without healthcare, the world collapses and so do we. The potential is there, all that it needs is someone who is not afraid of a challenge and who will let action speak for itself.

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