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Franchise Holdings International (Worksport Tonneau Covers) announces record 2019 revenues

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U.S. revenues, helped by securing minimum 10-year rights to Worksport brand and logo, jumped a record 347% in 2019 to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year

Non-competing private label sales also advanced 619%

Highlights of year ending December 31, 2019 (all amounts in US$)

  • 2019 sales up 300% over comparable period last year:

$1,926,405, compared to $481,521 in 2018

  • U.S. 2019 revenue jumped 347% to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year

(Higher share of existing customer sales, more product available, intellectual property secured)

  • Company now owns sole U.S. rights for a minimum of 10 years to the Worksport name for light truck tonneau covers; also secured three U.S. patents in 2019 and applied for others internationally
  • Non-competing private label sales increased 619% to $1,912,401 from $265,969 in same period last year
  • Online sales increased to $174,793 in 2019 from $151,285, a 16% increase, year over year, now accounting for 8% of revenue, when compared with 32% for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Net loss decreased 76% to $414,607, compared with $1,763,038 in the same period last year, due to decreases in operating expenses and non-recurring items, including gain on debt settlement – and paving the way for future earnings. Gross profit increased to $292,840 in the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, when compared with $96,614 in the same period last year, an increase of $196,226 or 203%.

Toronto, Ontario, May 15, 2020 – Steven Rossi, CEO Franchise Holdings International Inc. (OTC: FNHI), and its Worksport subsidiary (“the Company”), announced that for the year ended December 31, 2019, revenue from the entire line of Worksport tonneau covers for the light truck market jumped a record 300% to $1,926,405, as compared to $481,521 for the same period last year. In addition, U.S. 2019 revenue increased a record 347% to $1,860,563 from $416,331 in same period last year, due to higher share of existing customer sales, more Worksport product available, and exclusive 10-year rights to Worksport name and logo granted by U.S. Patent Office (USPO).

“To say the least, we are very pleased by achieving these record revenues for the 12-month period. A 300% increase is really impressive,” said Rossi. “It clearly demonstrates that we have successfully executed on and greatly exceeded our highly ambitious strategic plan to accomplish record growth and profitability for the company. With issues like the gain on debt settlement behind us, we are zeroing in on profitability, with lien operations. With anticipated forthcoming funding, we believe the results would be even stronger, with faster development of the exciting

new high tech tonneau cover products in the pipeline and increased inventory and distribution. It’s just the beginning, as we build towards becoming a cornerstone middle-market U.S brand.”

Private Label Strategy Advances

Rossi cited Worksport’s surge in private label sales as a major growth engine for the company. “Private label sales of non-competing customized product proved to be a runaway success, accounting for the upward trajectory and the majority of our sales. Meanwhile, we are focused on ramping up the Worksport brand, after finally securing complete U.S. patent office protection of our name and logo, after a long and hard effort,” Rossi said. “The ratio of Worksport branded product to private label tonneau covers is expected to even out in the future, with both driving the company’s growth in the U.S., our primary market.”

Worksport expects to continue to grow private label sales as it invents unique and non-competing tonneau covers to offer other prospective clients in the U.S. and Canadian markets, Rossi said. “The Company acquired more share of sales to existing customers and achieved more consistent product availability to fill orders in both the U.S. and Canada,” said Rossi.

Online Retail Also Grows

Worksport believes that the trend of increasing sales through online retailers will continue to outpace traditional distribution business models. Moreover, reputable online retailer customers tend to provide larger sales volumes, greater profit margins as well as greater protection against price erosion, Rossi said.

Sales from online Worksport retailers increased to $174,793 in 2019 from $151,285, a 16% increase, year over year, and now accounting for 8% of revenue, when compared with 32% for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018. These revenues occurred before the coming of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. “Worksport’s foresight in developing an online sales channel positions the Company to thrive in the ‘social distancing’ environment,” Rossi added.

Intellectual Property Secured

In addition to the flood of private label sales, Rossi cited a number of important factors that resulted in Worksport’s dramatic record growth. “First of all, securing Worksport’s intellectual property has significantly transformed the Company. Winning three USPO patents in one year and being granted final exclusive rights to our trademark has enabled the 347% leap in U.S. revenues as we can freely operate and develop our U.S market. Secondly, we now operate through three sales channels: online, largely through Amazon.com, Worksport-branded product sold via distributors, and non-competitive private label products that are exclusive to several important national retailers and distributors.

COVID-19

“Our hearts go out to COVID-19 victims all around the globe. We urge everyone to stay safe,” Rossi said. “Although the virus is having devastating global effects, Worksport’s factories in China, after a very brief pause, are again back in operation as of the week of March 16, 2020, subsequent

to the year end. Rossi said that the Company’s supply chain is fully intact and working on new and future products for the booming light truck market.

Net Loss Decreases, Gross Profit Rises

The Company’s net loss dropped 76% to $414,607, compared with $1,763,038 in the same period last year, due to decreases in operating expenses from $1,307,741 for 2018 to $831,973 for 2019, a decrease of $475,768 or 36%. Also factored into the net loss were non-recurring items, including gain on debt settlement as well as a 38% decrease in professional services including accounting, legal, consulting, listing and filing fees, which decreased to $531,694 for the year ended December 31, 2019 from $864,160 in the comparable period last year. Gross profit increased to $292,840 in the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, when compared with $96,614 in the same period last year, an increase of $196,226 or 203%.

Debt Settlement

To provide additional detail concerning the debt settlement, during the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company reached a legal settlement agreement (the “unwinding”) with an individual investor to dissolve the Debt Settlement and Mutual Release Agreement entered into on January 12, 2018. In accordance to the settlement agreement:

  • 19,055,551 pre-stock split, reserved shares were released and returned to the Company
  • 5,944,449 pre-stock split (990,742 post stock split) shares already issued were also returned to and cancelled
  • Issued and outstanding shares were reduced accordingly
  • A gain on debt settlement of $250,778 was then recorded.

The company closed the unwinding in August 2019.

Cost of Sales

Keeping pace with Worksport’s year of large-scale growth in revenues, cost of sales increased by 339% from $384,908 for the year ended December 31, 2018 to $1,687,857 for the year ended December 31, 2019. Worksport’s cost of sales, as a percentage of sales, was approximately 88% and 80% for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The decrease in percentage of sales resulted in a gross margin decrease from 20% for the year ended December 31, 2018 to 12% for the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease in gross margin is related to the fluctuation in foreign exchange rates used to translate Canadian dollar sales into U.S. dollars for purposes of financial reporting as well as the increased cost for cost of goods sold and cost associated with warehousing inventory, to fulfil just in time sales, in the U.S. market.

“When looking at a growth company like Worksport, which is experiencing significant revenue increases, the cost of sales and how they are controlled can be a key determinant of future profitability,” Rossi said. “The task ahead is to increase gross margins consistently to the previously enjoyed 20% or greater range and keep these margins commensurate with anticipated future growth in each sales channel.”

General Outlook

“Everything is coming together rapidly for Worksport, and it’s happening much faster than anyone expected,” Rossi concluded. “We have the products, secure intellectual property and the incredible global team to make a great leap forward in the U.S., our principal market, and also in Canada, our home. In the year ahead, we hope to achieve profitability and greater penetration of the U.S. market, while focussing on improving our revenues sustainably with a keen focus on profitability and building the Worksport brand. The Pandemic will affect us, as it will be a tough year for everyone, but we are confident that as we continue to open up again, Worksport will be there providing much-needed, technologically advanced products for its branded, online and private label markets.”

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About Worksport Ltd.

Worksport Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Franchise Holdings International. Inc. is an innovative manufacturer of high quality, functional, and aggressively priced tonneau/truck bed covers for light trucks like the F150, Sierra, Silverado, Canyon, RAM, and Ford F-Series. For more information please visit www.worksport.com

About Franchise Holdings International

Listed on the OTCQB Market under the trading symbol “FNHI” and currently in the process of a dual listing on a Canadian Stock Exchange, Franchise Holdings International’s strategy is to acquire business in the fastest growing business segments and to create shareholder value in the process. Once a business of interest is acquired, our mission is to further develop and accelerate the growth for all of our acquired subsidiaries. Currently the Corporation has one fully owned subsidiary, Worksport Ltd.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Steven Rossi CEO & Director Franchise Holdings International

T: 1-888-554-8789 E: Investors@franchiseholdingsinternational.com

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Moderna Misses Expectations But Things Are More Than Fine

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Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) saw its stock jump on Thursday despite growing losses, after the Covid-19 vaccine-maker reported more than double the revenue Wall Street predicted. Moderna missed EPS expectations with revenue far surpassing analyst forecasts as the company first began to recognize revenue from sales of its COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020. The loss was simply a result of heavy investment to increase production of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The company has spent the past two months producing and shipping its much-awaited coronavirus vaccine but its fourth-quarter is merely the surface of its vaccine success. In 2021, Moderna plans to manufacture 600-700 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine but it should be able to expand its capacity to 1.4 billion doses in 2022 due to heavy capital investments, all of which should result in massive profits.

Q4 and FY 2020

For the fourth quarter ended December 31s, quarterly loss of $0.69 per share was below Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.25 but Moderna brought in $570.75 billion in sales. That crushed the average estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet for $279.4 million andsurpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 74.76%. Just one year ago, revenues amounted to $14.06 million but until its mRNA-1273 coronavirus vaccine, the company had never brought an approved medicine to the market.

Losses grew to 69 cents per share after a 37-cent per-share loss in the year-ago period, whereas analysts expected a 34-cent loss. Although a big portion of revenue still came from the grant received from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to advance its Covid vaccine, for the first time,Moderna had product sales, and they amounted to $199.87 million as the company began recognizing Covid vaccine sales in December. Although losses widened in 2020, Moderna’s sales skyrocket to $803.4 million.

Possible threat

One of the biggest risks ahead for all vaccine makers is the prevalence of new coronavirus variants. To tackle this, Moderna is investigating two upgrades. The first is actually a third dose of vaccine that would increase neutralizing antibody levels to better fend off new strains. The second is a strain-specific upgraded version which has been moved into preclinical and phase 1 trials as of end of January. Moderna is designing it to target the. If successful, the company should be able to quickly adapt it to protect against future strainsalthough it is designed to target the South African variation.

Teenagers

In early December, Moderna began a phase 2/3 trial of its covid vaccine in young adults who are 12 to 17years old. The data will be reported in spring and should result in Emergency Use Authorization just in time for the back-to-school period in September. But as of last month, Moderna didn’t have enough adolescent volunteers.

Teens aren’t at the greatest risk from serious COVID-19 complications but they play a role in the transmission of the virus, so their vaccination is another  important element in containing the pandemic.

2021

The company expects $18.4 billion in full-year 2021 sales of its Covid vaccine. The figure is based on already inked advance purchase agreements but additional discussions are ongoing for both 2021 and 2022. That outlook shattered forecasts as analysts expected $11 billion. Furthermore, the company said it plans to make 700 million doses of its vaccine this year, while still working to bring that capacity up to 1 billion. In 2022, Moderna expects be able to produce 1.4 billion doses.

Chief Executive Stephane Bancel called 2020 a historic year for the company as it trailed Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX) by a week in the U.S by gaining emergency use authorization. The vaccine is Moderna’s first commercial product with 32 million doses having been administered in the U.S. to millions of people around the world.

In 2020, Moderna went from knowing mRNA vaccines can be highly efficient it went to cash-flow generating commercial company that is helping save the world form the claws of an invisible enemy. The latest reported quarter ended a milestone year for the biotech company. 2020 was a year in which the world went dark but the pandemic helped Moderna shine as it provided us with a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. Since the beginning of 2021, its shares gained 38.6%, greatly exceeding S&P 500’s gain of 4.5%.

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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Li Did Good But Not Good Enough

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Li Auto Inc (NASDAQ: LI) earnings were good but guidance wasn’t good enough as Chinese electric-vehicle maker reported solid fourth-quarter numbers Thursday. Despite producing a surprise profit, stock reversed and Li wasn’t the only one. Nio Limited (NYSE) who is due to report Monday fell 9.7% and Xpeng Inc (NYSE: XPEV) lost 8.55% Thursday. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) gave up 8.1%. Earlier this week, Texas-based Hyliion (Holdings Corporation (NYSE: HYLN), which makes EV powertrains for commercial fleets, reported a loss of 13 cents a share in the fourth quarter.

Figures

The results were a little confusing, but good as Li reported $636 million in sales as revenue jumped 39%, exceeding $604 million that analysts projected in sales. The company reported a loss from operations but a positive net income. Still, the loss from operations was about $12 million which is smaller than expected. Li Auto earnings came in at 2 cents a share whereas analysts expected a loss of 4 cents on a revenue of $565.5 million. The company also generated positive free cash flow. Investors like it when young companies demonstrate the ability to be self-funding by generating the cash they need to grow from their own operations.

Throughout the quarter, Li delivered 14,464 of its Li One SUV, its only vehicle in production which is technically a hybrid because it has a small gas engine to extend its range. This is 67% more than third quarter’s 8,660 with the total for 2020 being approximately 32,624 deliveries Its rival Nio (NYSE: NIO) sold 17,353 units in Q4 and 43,728 for the year, while Xpeng (NYSE: XPEV) sold 12,964 in Q4 and 27,041 for the year. What enabled Li to deliver a bottom-line profit from an operating loss is the required accounting of securities.

Outlook

Management expects first quarter revenue to come in the range of $450.6 million to $493.5 million. This range would represents a growth between 246% and 279% compared to previous fiscal year’s quarter. Deliveries are expected to be in the range between 10,500 and 11,500 vehicles, up 263%-297% compared to the same quarter last year but less than the fourth quarter which will make reaching analyst projections for 2021 sales projections more challenging. The company reported that January deliveries soared 356% YoY to 5,379 but that is below December 2020’s 6,126.

As the automotive industry is undergoing a once-in-a-century shift to smart EVs, the fourth quarter ended a big year for Li that grew significantly due to strong demand for its distinctive product offering and superior user experience. Government’s support for EVs also doesn’t hurt as to encourage adoption, not only are license plates guaranteed but they are also free.

The earnings provided a sigh of relief for investors as Li stock has had a rocky ride lately. As of Wednesday’s close, shares were down about 11% month to date.

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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Baidu Is Determined To Show It Has More to Offer

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For two decades, the 21-year-old company has been viewed as an online marketing tool that sells ads through its web search results. But now, the internet company is ready to show it has much more to offer. Last week, it reported fourth quarter earnings for 2020 that beat market expectations and revealed its ambitious plans to enter the EV land. Many years of investing in AI has finally started to pay off as Baidu is finally monetizing the technology used with smart devices. Company’s investments in non-core businesses iarealso helping it defend its core search platform from rivals Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), Tencent Holdings (OTC: TCEHY) and privately-ownedByteDance, whose products are just as popular.

The Chinese tech giant has recovered from the worst impact that the pandemic had on its business as advertising rebounded. Moreover, non-marketing revenue which excludes advertising and includes its cloud and autonomous driving business, grew 52% YoY. Baidu is also tapping into capital markets, including a potential second listing in Hong Kong. Baidu beefs up its autonomous and smart transport technology to tainto the EV market as it revealed back in January it would set up a smart electric vehicle (EV) company with Geely.

As the domestic economy recovers, the company want to tap into into the fast-growing electric-vehicle market to diversify revenue sources.

Figures

Full year revenue for 2020 amounted to $16.4 billion which is flat compared to 2019. Adjusted earnings of $3.08 per share versus analyst estimates of $2.79 per share came after revenues of $4.6 billion versus analyst estimates of $4.7 billion, according to FactSet.

The company provided guidance for the undergoing quarter that was ahead of analyst estimates. Revenue is expected to be in the $4.0 billion and $4.4 billion, representing a growth rate of 15% to 26% YoY, but it does not include potential contribution from its acquisition of live streaming app YY Live. The acquisition was announced last November and is expected to close in the first half of the year. The guidance is also based on the assumption that its core revenue will grow between 26% and 39% on a YoY basis.

EVs

Baidu places a lot of emphasis on its Apollo self-driving technology. Last month, the company formed a strategic partnership with the Chinese car company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to create a standalone electric car company. Baidu is the majority shareholder. Together, they aim to launch a smart EV model inthree years. Robin Li, Baidu’s CEO Li also said a brand name has been chosen but did not release it.

CNBC has confirmed Xia Yiping, co-founder of bike-sharing start-up Mobike, will be the CEO of the new entity. Xia previously worked at Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and Ford before co-founding a company that was part of China’s boom and eventual bust in shared bike start-ups.

Even Xiaomi is following Baidu’s EV footsteps as the Chinese search engine leader has been basking in newfound investor love as the next EV-maker wannabe. Unlike other EV makers, Baidu’s strategy is akin to Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android for smartphones.

Outlook

Baidu ended an unprecedented year on a solid note and showed it is recovering from the consequences of the global health crisis as its business benefited from an improving macroeconomic environment and the digitalization of businesses and lifestyles. Its commitment on innovation through technology is paying off for the Chinese tech giant. Baidu is well positioned as a leading AI company with a strong foundation to seize the enormous market opportunities in cloud services, autonomous driving, smart transportation, along with all kinds of new opportunities that AI will inevitably bring to the table. The online marketing company chose to be in the right place, at the right time.

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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