Peloton Gives Gloomy Forecast in Sign Comeback Is Still Far Off
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August 25 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Peloton Gives Gloomy Forecast in Sign Comeback Is Still Far Off

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

The outlook follows a similarly dire fourth quarter, when sales plunged 28% to $678.7 million and the adjusted loss was $288.7 million. On a net basis, the loss was $1.2 billion -- about four times the size of the company’s loss a year earlier.

The numbers suggest that a turnaround plan under Chief Executive Officer Barry McCarthy still has a long way to go. He took the reins in February and slashed expenses – cutting thousands of jobs and shuttering operations -- but the company is facing sluggish demand and a buildup of inventory. On
Wednesday, Peloton announced plans to begin selling its bikes and accessories on Amazon.com Inc.’s site, aiming to broaden its distribution.

The Amazon news gave a boost to shares, but they remain down nearly 90% over the past year. After the company published its outlook on Thursday, the stock dropped 6.5% in premarket trading before markets opened in New York. 

Eoin Treacy's view

I was rather puzzled at Peloton’s strength yesterday. News they are about to start selling on Amazon was greeted with enthusiasm by investors. However, Amazon takes a fee from prime of anything between 30-40%. If there is not going to be a massive price disparity, Peloton will need to eat that cost.

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