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Posts written in May 2019

Luckin Coffee could displace Starbucks in China

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Chinese coffee start-up company Luckin Coffee has demonstrated strong potential in the Chinese coffee market. In just two years of existence the company has expanded prolifically and now threatens Starbucks, the leading coffee house chain operating in China. Luckin has made its intentions clear with the aim of become the nation’s leading specialist coffee provider by continuing an aggressive expansion strategy. The company has already achieved in two years what Starbucks has taken 19 years to complete in China. This has raised concern for Starbucks, which has begun taking action… Read more

Beyond Meat: Vegan burgers are going public

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Beyond Meat raised the price range for its shares before floating on the stock market, valuing the plant-based meat producer at almost $1.5bn. The American company, which counts the actor and ecologist Leonardo DiCaprio its investors, will now offer their shares at a price of $23 to $25. The decision to increase the price from the original price range of $19 to $21 indicates strong demand for shares. But Beyond Meat has made big losses and does not know when it will make a profit. Financial results for 2018 reveals… Read more

The Body Shop: Plans to expand in the growing Indian cosmetics market

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The Body Shop is a manufacturer and retailer of personal care and cosmetics products. The company classifies its offerings under seven product categories: face care, body care, hair care, make-up, fragrances and gifts. The Body Shop operations spread globally with a presence in over 65 countries and employs 22,000 people. Prior to being acquired by Natura, The Body shop’s sales were declining in the UK, reflecting the UK high street malaise. Results for 2016 show total sales were EUR920.8m ($1.1bn), down from EUR967.2m ($1.14bn) in 2015. Moreover, competition from an… Read more

CMA blocks Asda Sainsbury’s merger: Ending merger will stifle competition and dissuade future investment

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On Wednesday, April 25th 2019 the Competition and Market Authority announced that the proposed merger deal between leading supermarket food retailers, Sainsbury’s and Walmart-owned Asda, would not go ahead. Despite being expected, the decision has shook investors; Sainsbury’s share price fell to a near three-year low on the day of the announcement. It leaves Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe in the unenviable position of having to come up with a strategy for the future of the company as a solo act, a situation made tougher having already invested so much into… Read more

Robinhood: Fintech start-up and zero-fee trading app applies for traditional banking service charter

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The company has stated “This is a first step towards being granted a national bank charter which would allow Robinhood to offer traditional banking products and services,” a strategy that will please users and potential investors. The move will mean if the charter is approved, the company will be able to offer a full-service bank product alongside its no-fee trading platform. The application will without doubt be supported by the company’s upcoming IPO, said to be worth $5.6bn. The US-based company raised $363m in its latest Series D round of… Read more

CMA blocks Asda Sainsbury’s merger: Ending merger will stifle competition and dissuade future investment

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On Wednesday, April 25th 2019 the Competition and Market Authority announced that the proposed merger deal between leading supermarket food retailers, Sainsbury’s and Walmart-owned Asda, would not go ahead. Despite being expected, the decision has shook investors; Sainsbury’s share price fell to a near three-year low on the day of the announcement. It leaves Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe in the unenviable position of having to come up with a strategy for the future of the company as a solo act, a situation made tougher having already invested so much into… Read more

Debenhams: The latest victim of the UK high street

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Even though Debenhams has announced store closures under a proposed CVA, the retailer is far from being alone in experiencing high-street woes. Numerous retailers, including House of Fraser, New Look, Next, Arcadia, and Marks & Spencer have been facing increasing financial difficulty on the UK high-street, while others, such as Toys R Us, have exited the market altogether. Debenhams’ difficulties are the result of an often seen tale of too many stores, too much debt, and a failure to keep up with consumer trends. On top of the problems that… Read more

Chevron buys Anadarko: $33bn purchase is big move into US shale

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For now the purchase of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation – a company that in 2018 registered $13bn in revenue but which consistently lost billions of dollars each year before turning a profit in 2018 – remains the largest of its type and places Chevron level with ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell in terms of production. Last year the newly combined company would have generated greater revenues than ExxonMobil. Investing so heavily reveals the degree of confidence big oil players have in shale gas extraction. The scale of operations such companies will… Read more