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Last IPO Week Was The Busiest In Over a Decade

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We have witnessed a record last week, with 19 launched IPOs and almost $10 billion raised. That is the most companies in one week since 2004. Even more, the NYSE floor which has been rather quiet in the past year came back to life. SPACs have been favored for a good part of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, so the IPO business had to take a back seat. Until now! It has returned big time. And it is not only last week. 213 IPOs have been already launched until the end of June raising over $70 billion, and that is the full-year average for the past 10 years. Among those, 16 IPOs have raised one billion dollars or more. And that is without last week’s IPOs! Here are the newest market players.

 

DiDi Global (NYSE: DIDI), the second-largest IPO this year, raised $4.4 billion at a $70.4 billion market cap. DIDI is the dominant ride-hailing company in China, covering 4,000 towns and cities, with more than 15 million drivers.

 

Another addition to New York Stock Exchange is SentinelOne (NYSE: S), a fast-growing cybersecurity platform, with 4,700 customers ready to pay for their autonomous cybersecurity protection. The company raised $1.2 billion at a $10.6 billion market cap.

 

Turkish D-MARKET Electronic Services & Trading (NASDAQ: HEPS) is an e-commerce platform operating under the name Hepsiburada. In 2020, it connected 33 million members out of which there are 9 million Active Customers, with 45.000 active merchants.

 

LegalZoom.com (NASDAQ: LZ), a provider of legal solutions, raised $535 million at a $5.8 billion market cap. The company delivered good growth, by holding 5% of new corporations formed in the US and by working on 10% of new LLCs.

 

Krispy Kreme (NASDAQ: DNUT) is a company with a long track record, recognized by many customers. It operates through a network of doughnut shops and retailers, as well as through the delivery business.

 

Clear Secure (NYSE: YOU) managed to raise $409 million at a $4.5 billion market cap. This identity verification service uses biometrics to perform automatic identity verification. At the end of May, its services were used at 67 Health Pass-enabled partners, 26 sports and entertainment partners as well as 38 airports.

 

Provider of SaaS solutions, EverCommerce (NASDAQ: EVCM) is a leader in vertically integrated and tailor-made SaaS solutions for SMBs. It raised $325 million at a $3.4 billion market cap.

 

Xometry (NASDAQ: XMTR) is a leading Artificial Intelligence enabled marketplace for on-demand manufacturing. It serves a wide range of companies, from Fortune 100 to startups. It raised $303 million at a $2.0 billion market cap.

 

One more addition to NASDAQ Stock Exchange is Intapp (NASDAQ: INTA), which managed to raise $273 million at a $1.9 billion market cap. The company offers cloud-based software solutions for professional and financial service businesses, and it had more than 1,600 clients at the end of March.

 

Integral Ad Science Holding (NASDAQ: IAS) offers solutions to advertisers on how to measure the success of their ads. It raised $270 million at a $2.8 billion market cap.

 

Torrid Holdings (NYSE: CURV) is a plus-sized women’s apparel brand and it holds the first position in direct net sales of women’s plus-size apparel and intimates in North America. It raised $231 million at a $2.3 billion market cap.

 

Acumen Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ABOS) is a biotech company developing treatments for Alzheimer’s. The company’s leading candidate is a humanized monoclonal antibody which is currently being in Phase 1 trial for patients with cognitive impairment and mild dementia due to AD. It raised 160 million at a $675 million market cap.

 

CVRx (NASDAQ: CVRX) is the neuromodulation device provider and it raised $126 million at a $389 million market cap. The company’s BAROSTEM NEO is the first commercially available neuromodulation product that improves symptoms for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

 

Aerovate Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AVTE) is developing a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and is getting ready to start a Phase 2b/3 trial for PAH patients. It raised $122 million at a $347 million market cap.

 

Dingdong (NYSE: DDL) is the fastest Chinese growing on-demand e-commerce company, offering fresh groceries as its core product. It raised $96 million at a $5.5 billion market cap.

 

Belgium Nyxoah (NASDAQ: NYXH) generates revenues in Europe from the Genio system, minimally invasive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It raised $85 million at a $768 million market cap.

 

Better Choice (OTC: BTTR) is the producer of premium pet food under the brand Halo and TruDog. It raised $40 million at a $138 million market cap.

 

Pop Culture Group (NASDAQ: CPOP), an event planner from China, provides event planning and execution and marketing services, as well as hosts entertainment events and organizes hip-hop-related online programs. It raised $37 million at a $110 million market cap.

 

The Glimpse Group (NASDAQ: VRAR) is an agnostic virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality platform company providing solutions and services in the domain of enterprise-focused software. It raised $12 million at an $84 million market cap.

 

Besides 19 IPOs, 13 SPACs have raised $2.9 billion last past week.

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Coca Cola Confirms Its World’s Beloved Brand Status

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For more than a century, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) has been “refreshing the world in mind, body, and spirit”. The company aims to inspire moments of optimism, to create value and make a difference.

On Wednesday, the beverage giant revealed second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street’s expectations, allowing it to raise its full year forecast for adjusted earnings per share and organic revenue growth. Most importantly, some markets rebounded from the pandemic, fueling revenue to surpass 2019 levels. Shares rose more than 2% in morning trading.

Q2 figures

Net income rose from $1.78 billion as it amounted to $2.64 billion. It resulted in adjusted earnings per share of 68 cents, exceeding the expected 56 cents. Net sales rose 42% with revenue of $10.13 billion that also exceeded the expected $9.32 billion. Excluding acquisitions and foreign currency, organic revenue rose 37% compared to last year’s biggest plunge in quarterly revenue in at least three decades due to lockdowns that severely dented demand.

A significant increase in marketing and advertising spend fueled the rebound but Coca Cola’s approach isn’t just about boosting spend, but also about increasing the efficiency of that spend. CFO John Murphy revealed that marketing dollars were doubled compared to last year’s quarter, when the pandemic forced the beverage giant to slash its costs to preserve cash.

Unit performance

All drink segments reported double-digit volume growth. Away-from-home channels, like restaurants and movie theaters, were rebounding in some markets, like China and Nigeria, but there are also markets that are still being heavily pressured by the pandemic such as India.

The department that contains its flagship soda saw volume increase by 14% in the quarter. The nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage business saw a volume growth of 25%, partly fueled by Minute Maid and Fairlife milk sales in North America. The same volume growth was seen by hydration, sports, coffee and tea segment. Costa cafes in the United Kingdom reopened and drove 78% increase in volume for coffee alone.

The risk of raising commodity prices

Like its F&B peers, Coke is facing higher commodity prices but it plans to raise prices and use productivity levers to manage the volatility in the second half of the year.

Outlook

For the full year, Coke improved its organic revenue growth outlook from high-single digit growth to a range of 12% to 14%. It also raised its forecast for adjusted earnings per share growth from high single digits to a low double digits range of 13% to 15%.

Putting it all together, executives emphasized the range of possible outcomes given the asynchronous recovery and dynamic of the pandemic. Coca Cola plans to build on the strong momentum by intensifying the amount and efficacy of promotions and continuing to innovate, what it does better than anyone and what helped it earn its brand status.

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Automakers Are Hitting the Accelerator in the EV Race

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On Thursday, Daimler AG (OTC: DDAIF) has officially hit the accelerator in the e-car race with Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), revealing it will invest more than 40 billion euros in EVs by 2030. From 2025, three new vehicle platforms will only make battery-powered vehicles. One will cover passenger cars and SUVs, one will be devoted to vans and last but not least, the third will be home to high-performance vehicles that will be launched in 2025. Under its EV strategy, the inventor of the modern motor car will be renamed Mercedes-Benz as it spins off its trucks division by the end of the year. With its partners, it will build eight battery plants to ramp up EV production.

Upon the news that come just over a week after the EU proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, shares rose 2.5%.

Automotive peers

Ahead of the EU’s announcement that is only part of a broad strategy to combat global warming, many automakers announced major investments in EVs. Earlier this month, Stellantis (NYSE: STLA) revealed its own EV strategy that includes investing more than 30 billion euros by 2025. Mercedes Benz isn’t the only one ‘going for it’ to be dominantly, if not all electric, by the end of the decade. Geely Automobile Holdings Limited’s (OTC: GELYF) Volvo Cars committed to going all electric by 2030, while General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) is aiming to be fully electric by 2035 and Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY) even plans to build half a dozen battery cell plants in Europe.

Moving the debate

Daimler’s chief executive stated that  spending on ICE-related technology will be “close to zero” by 2025 but he did not specify when it will end the sales of fossil fuel-powered cars. Källenius wants to move the debate away from when will the last combustion engine be built to how quickly they can scale up to being close to 100% electric.

Tough decisions for Mercedes Benz

The undergoing shift will result in an 80% drop in investments in ICE vehicles between 2019 and 2026. This will have a direct impact on jobs because EVs have fewer components and so require fewer workers compared to their ICE counterparts. As of 2025, Daimler expects EVs and hybrids will make up half of its sales, with all-electric cars expected to account for most that figure, which is earlier than its previous forecast for 2030.

The battery- the Holly Grail

By 2023, Daimler plans to have a fully operational battery recycling plant in Germany. The industry leader Tesla just signed a deal with the world’s largest nickel miner to secure its battery resources as it prepares to begin its own tables battery in-house. Then there’s Worksport (OTC: WKSP) who will bring solar power to the EV table with its solar fusion TerraVis which will be fine-tuned and validated for prelaunch by the end of 2021. Although the first prototype is a solar-powered tonneau cover for pickup truck drivers, the company is also developing TerraVis COR which is a standalone product that offers remote power generation and storage. In other words, with its two-year partnership with Ontario Tech University, Worksport is fully equipped to power many automakers step into the electrification era.

The EV race is a journey like no other we have witnessed – and the participants are going full-speed ahead as they race to reshape the energy matrix of automotive industry.

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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Intel’s Q2 Results Show It Is Not Losing Focus

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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) revealed its second-quarter 2021 financial results yesterday. The digitization transformation and switching to cloud services continue to accelerate, and a company like Intel sees that as the opportunity for an even bigger growth. Even with the current semiconductor shortage, Intel is not losing its focus on both innovations and the implementation of new solutions. The company’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, appointed earlier in 2021, believes we are at the beginning of the semiconductor industry’s decade of sustained growth and that Intel has a unique position to capitalize on that trend. As the momentum is strengthening, execution is increasing, the company’s products are being chosen for top and flagship products. We can also see good results in other companies in the semiconductor business, like Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD).

 Second-quarter results

Intel’s second-quarter results are positive and the proof of the momentum building up, as mentioned by Gelsinger. GAAP revenues for Q2 were $19.6 billion, significantly higher than the expected $17.8 billion, and there was no change when looking back year over year. However, non-GAAP revenues were $18.5 billion, exceeding the April guidance by $700 million, and that is 2% up compared to the previous year. Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG) generated $6.5 billion compared to the expected $5.9 billion. Client computing generated the expected revenues of 9.95 billion, while the actual revenues were $10.1 billion. GAAP earnings per share were $1.24, while the non-GAAP EPS were $1.28, which also surpassed April’s guidance of $1.07.

 The good trend in the semiconductor industry

Another chipmaker, Dallas-based Texas Instruments, also reported Q2 earnings that topped the expectations. These good results were due to revenues growth and an increase in profits. The analysts expected revenues of $4.36 billion, and the company managed to generate $4.58 billion. That is a sales increase of 41% when looking year over year. Expected earnings per share were $2.05, while the analysts expected $1.83. However, the sales guidance for the current quarter was below the investors’ wishes, so the share price dropped upon the news.

 Outlook

As revenue, EPS, and gross margin exceeded the Q2 guidance, Intel raised its 2021 full-year guidance. So expected GAAP revenues are $77.6 billion and non-GAAP revenues are expected to amount to $73.5 billion (which is an increase of $1 billion), resulting in expected GAAP EPS of $4.09 and non-GAAP EPS of $4.80. Planned CAPEX is between $19 billion and $20 billion and free cash flow should be $11 billion, which is an increase of $500 million versus prior expectations. Gelsinger estimates that the semiconductor shortage will start loosening in the second half of the year, but it will take another one to two years until the demand is completely met.

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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