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Peloton- a Hollywood Story That Promises to Last

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Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON) has deservedly gained the title of the Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) of Wellness. It is a story of a bike company that became a global content brand.

Its recent success has been helped by the pandemic that trapped people across the globe inside their homes, providing the sports entertainment company both a captive and a lucrative audience, with total workouts growing from 48 million just a year earlier to 171 million in the last quarter.

Inside the Hollywoodization of Peloton

In many ways, Peloton operates similarly to an old-school Hollywood studio. It creates star instructors who are on multiyear contracts. It produces its own content and controls its distribution.

CEO John Foley, a former president of ecommerce at Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BNED), wanted to shoot for the moon, as he aimed licensing tracks from bands he loved, including The Rolling Stones. As a result, Peloton landed Jay-Z and only a few months later, it got Meghan Trainor to record a cover of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. That same year, the brand underwent transformation from being known for its bikes to being known for its content. It is that year, 2018, when Peloton gifted the world with its digital app. It made stars out of its instructors like Robin Arzón, who now has 770,000 followers on Instagram. It was also the year when it raised $550 million in funding to build a Netflix-like media empire. Only three years later, a major part of what Foley envisioned when he reached for the starscame true. The company, which went public in 2019, now has a market cap of around $30 billion. It has signed deals with Peloton member Beyoncé on classes that celebrate her music and member Shonda Rhimes on a campaign called Year of Yes that is designed to build self-confidence and encourage regular exercise.

Peloton, whose bikes start at $1,895, did it by carefully controlling its production values, smartly promoting its instructors, and making music integral to its brand signature. It  now produces 19 new classes a day and offers themin the U.K., Germany, U.S. and Canada.

Peloton did some heavy lifting

Along with the voluntary recall of its two treadmill models in May after the death of a child which the company estimated as a $165 million hit to future revenue and a recently revealed data breach, Peloton has its challenges.

Peloton’s pre-IPO filings and subsequent quarterly earnings reports stress that music licensing is a key risk to its business. It made its public debut while being sued by music publishers over its alleged use of unlicensed songs. Peloton responded by removing every class from its library that had at least one of the copyrighted songs. This amounted to more than half of the classes at the time. Some Peloton users refered to this day as “The Day the Music Died,” and even sued the company over its claim that its on-demand library is “ever-growing.” According to SEC filings, Peloton spent $31.1 million to settle the publishers’ lawsuit, but the total cost may be even higher than that. Peloton reported its music royalty and streaming delivery fees rose by $81.5 million for the nine months ending March 31st, 2021, compared to the same period last year.

The post-pandemic outlook is bright

Despite in-person fitness classes restarting as the pandemic fades into history, Peloton’s user base seems to be locked in. The company is proud of its low churn rate of subscribers. In its latest quarter, the churn rate was an impressive 0.31 percent, the company’s lowest rate in six years, whereas Netlflix stands at 2.4 percent.

Later this year, Peloton will open its new 20,000-square-foot London exercise studios and broadcast center. In 2020, New Yorkers got its upgraded $50 million facility.

It has begun rapidly expanding its classes to include things like bike boot camp, dance cardio and barre to become well-known beyond its original cycling and treadmill offerings.

Third quarter figures

For the quarter that ended March 31st, Peloton reported revenue of $1.26 billion and a loss per share of 3 cents. Its performance even exceeded Wall Street’s expectations and the company saw both earnings and sales growth improve last quarter. The bottom line improved from 20 cents per share loss the same quarter a year ago whereas revenue soared 141%.. In the prior three quarters its sales grew 172%, 232% and 128%.

Connected-fitness subscriptions rose 135% YoY and now total more than 2 million. The 12-month retention rate stood at 92%.

Delivery delays

Delivery delays are also a result of a continued surge in demand caused by the pandemic. Although a $100 million investment that was announced last quarter in expedited shipping and the recently completed $420 million acquisition of Precor have helped bring Bike fulfillment times back to pre-pandemic levels, Bike+ shipments still face delays.

To help fix these problems, Peloton announced plans to start construction this summer on its first U.S.-based factoryon May 24th. The $400 million facility, slated to open in 2023 will certainly help Peloton shorten production and delivery times in its biggest market.

Outlook

Peloton’s latest earnings report is proof that strong momentum is everything bud fading. Its action to expand its manufacturing capabilities shows that the company is addressing one of its main weak spots. Foley admitting the fault, as well as revealing concrete plans to fix safety issues was exactly what investors wanted to hear.

Peloton is going through its most difficult time as a public company but this is a company that  never thought small and it became a global wellness entertainment brand because of it. Its content is so good that people want to buy their expensive hardware just to use it.

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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.

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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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