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The Honest Company – The Clean Beauty Unicorn Under the Public Eye

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May’s highlights include when the Honest Company (NASDAQ: HNST) listed on the Nasdaq exchange at the beginning of the month, raising $412.8 million. It was the culmination of a long recovery for the baby and clean beauty products group that was co-founded and led by the Hollywood actress Jessica Alba as the company sealed $1.44 billion valuation after reviving its fortunes. Nasdaq has been enhanced with a company that sells diapers, nursing pillows, vitamins and non-toxic beauty as well as household products.

The market debut – a comeback

Since it was founded in 2011, the company had been valued as high as $1.7 billion in 2015 before company came under scrutiny in 2016 due to its claims to be using only natural ingredients. After a lawsuit that claimed its products contained a harsh chemical that was among those that the company pledged to avoid, Honest reached a $7.35 million settlement for wrongly labeling some products as natural, plant-based or chemical free.

Alba and her team honestly worked hard to shake off much of the reputational and financial damage from a series of product lawsuits and recalls. In 2017, the company also recalled baby wipes because it found mold in some packages, along with baby powder over concerns it may cause skin or eye infections. As a result, sales plummeted and the company lost its “unicorn” status. In a statement released in the IPO prospectus, Alba wrote that the company’s rapid growth ended up compromising key business functions.

Financials

Honest has never been profitable, but its revenue rose from $236 million in 2019 to $300 million in 2020 as the pandemic fueled demand for cleaning and home beauty products, helping the company enjoy the level of sales it had back in 2016. Losses also narrowed last year from $31 million in 2019 to $14 million.

Scrutiny, lawsuits and recalls – honest all the way?

Despite statements by the FDA and USDA regarding the appropriate use of the word ‘natural” in the personal care industry, there is no U.S. government-regulated definition of the term. Honest markets all its products as ‘natural’ and takes great pride in banning 2,500 questionable ingredients. While advertising its products as non-synthetic and sustainable, it faced many “health and safety incidents or advertising inaccuracies” and listed them as a continued risk factor in its IPO prospectus. These troubles aren’t history either as in January this year, the brand issued a voluntary recall for one of its bubble baths due to concerns it could cause infections.

Speaking of honesty, here are a few things you should know about Honest.

Diapers play a central role

Honest’s products fall under three main categories, but its diapers and wipes line generate about 63% of total sales, with skin care and personal care chipping in 26% and household and wellness bringing in 11% the table. According to the prospect, diapers are a “strategic consumer acquisition tool” as nearly 90 percent of its diaper buyers went on to buy something else last year, with nearly half buying two or more non-diaper products.

It sells its products online and offline

Online sales make 55% of total revenue as they either come through its own website Honest.com or through third-party platforms like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) or Walmart (NYSE: WMT), whereas 45% is generated through partnerships that span across 32,000 retail locations across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Costco (NASDAQ: COST) and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT).

Growth is slowing down

Growth is slowing as total sales grew 27 percent to over $300 million last year, while the company forecasted in the prospectus that its yet-to-be-released Q1 results from 2021 would be far more modest. Q1 operating results are still unknown but the company’s biggest segment, again diapers, grew more slowly last year than its smallest category, household and wellness, 16 percent and 116 percent respectively, with skin care and personal care growing 35 percent.

Profitability is an issue

Last but not least, the company is still not profitable despite all of the fanfare, hype, celebrity testimonials and nearly a decade in business, along with a market value that is well above $1 billion.

A thousand rejections in Hollywood gave Alba the resilience to push organic beauty and baby care brand to listing but despite the 40-year-old founder’s innate and invaluable ability to resonate and engage with 40 million social media followers, Alba can’t reach the shore alone. This is why she is handing the role of the chair of the board to James White, former chief executive of Jamba Juice, while she will remain as the company’s chief creative officer with a yearly salary of $600,000.

But it is up to the CEO Nick Vlahos, who was formerly an executive at Clorox (NYSE: CLX) and Burt’s Bees to show clean beauty can be both honest and profitable. Vlahos was brought in for a $6.8 million salary package, roughly triple Alba’s non-stock compensation. Although Alba’s original idea and philosophy are still intact as she aimed to “build a mission-based, for-profit business that addresses health equity, sustainability and social justice” — the path leading to that ideal is clearly filled with many challenges that still remain.

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This Week’s Recap

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The market and the economy continue to open, which is probably a result of bottled-up demand for many products and services affected by the pandemic. Maybe the inflation or rising bond yields will trigger the selloff on the market at some moment, but the current Fed’s transitory inflation message has been accepted by many investors. Also, the best way to deal with inflation is to stay with your investments and keep your faith in the market. So, despite the jump of May’s consumer-price index, that did not affect the investors who adopted a different mindset, so all three major averages finished in a positive zone.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to recover from one of the steeper declines, thanks to gains from companies like IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Salesforce (NYSE: CRM). The Nasdaq Composite Index has also risen 49.09 points to 14,069.42. The tech-heavy index continued with the positive run, led by DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), Zoom Video (NASDAQ: ZM), and CrowdStrike (NASDAQ: CRWD).

Tuesday brought us an earnings report from Oracle

Although it was a slim week for the earnings reports, Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) announced its last quarter results, as well as plans and guidance. The results are better than expected, as the achieved revenues were $11.23 billion (compared to the expected $11.04 billion) and the achieved adjusted earnings of $1.54 per share (compared to the expected $1.31). On the other hand, the company revealed its quarterly revenue guidance, which is lower than expected due to the plans to increase investments to support its cloud strategy and keep migrating existing on-premises customers to the cloud. This all led to a share fall of 5%, as many investors are skeptical if Oracle can successfully compete with major “cloud” players like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Salesforce, or Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY).

Adobe reported impressive results on Thursday

The Wall Street analysts recognized the work-from-home trend and this second digitization era as the main reasons for Adobe’s (NASDAQ: ADBE) sustained growth and therefore a monster quarter. And they were right. The company reported revenues of $3.84 billion, which is an increase of 23% compared year to year. That is also above the Wall Street estimate of $3.73 billion. The digital media business revenues, consisting of Creative Cloud and Document Cloud, grew by 25% compared to the previous year. The adjusted earnings per share were $3.03, which is higher than the estimated $2.81. For the following quarter, the company expects revenues of $3.88 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $3.00.

Conclusion

All these factors taken together, proven by positive index movements and earnings results better than anticipated, support the fact that the economic recovery is firmly underway, and those are very encouraging news.

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Several new earnings reports and more management presentations this week

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We might be witnessing the lower volume of quarterly earnings reports this week, but that only means we passed last quarter’s report peak and we are getting ready for the June-quarter earnings season, which will hit us not long after the 4th of July. However, we do not lack many management presentations, which are typical after announcing earnings reports. This week brings us news for future result expectations from more than 30 companies, so let’s try and not miss any important clues. Besides earnings reports, this week is bringing us a total of 9 new IPOs like Marqeta, Inc. (NASDAQ: MQ), TaskUs, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASK), LifeStance Health Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFST), monday.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: MNDY), Zeta Global Holdings Corp.(NYSE: ZETA) and Jaws Hurricane Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: HCNEU).

Monday

Yesterday we saw the first quarter report of fiscal 2022 for Marvell Technology (NASDAQ: MRVL), a Delaware-based company that develops and produces semiconductors and related technology. Marvel Technologies reported new revenues of $832 million, which is an increase of 20% year-to-year. GAAP gross profit margin was 50.2% and non-GAAP gross margin was 64.3%, while GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.13 and non-GAAP diluted income per share was $0.29.

Also, Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) which owns and operates several premier mountain resorts in Colorado and California, reported fiscal 2021 third-quarter results yesterday. The report showed a net income of $274.6 million which is an increase of 80% compared to the third fiscal quarter of 2020. The reported EBITDA was $462.2 million, which is a significant increase from last year same quarter’s $304.4 million.

Tuesday

Besides earnings reports from Navistar International (NYSE: NAV) and Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW) on Tuesday, we are also expecting reports from Thor Industries (NYSE: THO), Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY), and ABM Industries (NYSE: ABM).

Wednesday

Wednesday is reserved for earnings reports from Brown Forman (NYSE: BF-B), United Natural Foods (NYSE: UNFI), and Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH). RH, the California-based furnishing company is expected to report earnings of $3.99 per share, which is growth of over 214% compared to the same period last year. Also, GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME), one of the world’s largest video game retailer’s earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The expected loss for the first quarter is $0.68 per share, which is an improvement from the same period last year (-%1.61 per share). In order to accelerate its transformation, the company decided to restructure its board, so it can keep up with industry growth and company expansion in the digital arena.

Thursday

On Thursday, we expect to see reports from National Beverage (NASDAQ: FIZZ), Chewy (NYSE: CHWY), and Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY). Chewy, the Florida-based pet store retailer, is expected to report a quarterly revenue growth of over 125%, compared year over year.

Friday

We are not expecting any major earnings reports on Friday.

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The week may be starting slowly but do not let that mislead you

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The celebration of Memorial Day in the U.S. caused the slower start, but the rest of the week will bring us plenty of news, updates, and earnings reports from companies like Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ: ZM), Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), Advanced Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) and Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK). This week will also bring us news from the EV and the IPO worlds, as well as the 2021 Bitcoin conference, one of the biggest cryptocurrency events this year. Before we move to the day-to-day highlights, if you are a small business owner, do not miss today’s deadline to apply for the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Tuesday

This week’s earnings reports will be led by Kirkland’s Inc (NASDAQ: KIRK), and that is due before the market opens. It will be followed by HP’s and Zoom’s earnings reports, after the bell. SoFi Technologies (NYSE: SOFI) is a fintech startup IPO joining the trading world after its SPAC merger on Friday.

 

Wednesday

Before the market opens on Wednesday, we are expecting the earnings reports from Advance Auto Parts and Lands’ End Inc (NASDAQ: LE). The reports will keep coming after the bell as well, so we are keen to see how NetApp Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP), Endeavor Group Holdings (NYSE: EDR), Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK), and PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) did in the previous period. Wednesday is also the day when we are expecting the Beige Book, which will give us the latest analysis of the economic conditions in the U.S. as the COVID-19 restrictions reduce.

Thursday

Thursday is expected to be the busiest of the week, when we expect earnings reports from Express Inc (NYSE: EXPR), Asana Inc (NYSE: ASAN), Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH), Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO), The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC), The Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO), Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC), Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU), as well as Slack Technologies.

Thursday is a big day for NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) also. After reporting the record profits and earnings, highly affected by the company’s revenues from graphic cards for crypto mining, the shareholders will vote on a 4-for-1 stock split. That will increase the number of authorized shares of common stock, and if approved, each shareholder will receive an additional dividend of three additional shares.

Thursday will be also interesting in the automotive world. Kia will start taking reservations for its new EV6 crossover, while Nio Inc (NYSE: NIO), the Chinese automaker, will hold a general meeting so it can increase the diversity of its board.

This day will also be dominated by cryptocurrencies, as the 2021 Bitcoin conference, taking place in Miami, will kick-off.

Friday

The week’s end is reserved for the earnings report from Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT), and that is expected before the opening bell. During the rest of Friday, we will focus on the latest unemployment rates and data.

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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