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Nio’s Teeming, Streaming Deliveries; Coupa Troopers & Google Rumors

by Joseph Hargett | September 7, 2022

Nio Earnings and revenue vs EV deliveries meme

Nio Noodling Deliveries

Great Ones, electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio (NYSE: NIO) reported earnings today … and it gave me an idea. Riddle me this: Why are EV manufacturers like streaming companies?

Why are what? You might as well ask: Why is a raven like a writing desk?

You know, Lewis Carroll meant that as a nonsensical, meaningless question … but I actually have an answer! That’s a discussion for another day, though.
Of course you do … and thank God.

So, why is an EV like a streaming company?

I’ll tell you shortly. But first, let’s look at Nio’s fiscal Q2 earnings report to set things up:

  • Loss per share: $0.20 reported versus $0.03 expected.
  • Revenue: $1.54 billion reported versus $1.31 billion expected.
  • Deliveries: 25,059 EVs versus 25,000 EVs previously forecast.

Those are the big numbers — the headline numbers, if you will. There’s also the fact that Nio said that gross margin declined from 14.6% to 13% last quarter. What’s more, gross margin was down significantly from the 18.6% the company reported in Q2 2021.

Looking at all of this, you’d think that NIO stock would be dropping like a rock today. Losses widened far more than expected, and gross margins are tanking. Plus, cash on hand dropped to $8.1 billion.

I mean, companies have reported better quarterly performances and suffered heavy losses. But NIO stock? It rallied more than 6% today … though it closed slightly off today’s highs.

What gives? Wall Street has harped on both quarterly losses and declining margins. Today’s report should have been a big red flag for investors.

Remember our original question: Why are EV makers like streaming companies?

OK, so when it comes to streaming stocks, there’s only one metric Wall Street cares about: subscriber growth. Similarly, when it comes to EV makers, apparently the only thing Wall Street cares about is deliveries.

With so many EV makers missing delivery reports due to supply chain constraints and semiconductor shortages and lingering COVID-19 lockdowns — especially in China where Nio is headquartered — Wall Street apparently took Nio’s deliveries beat as a major bullish sign.

And why wouldn’t it? I mean, Wall Street’s golden boy of EV production, Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA), rallied after earnings despite whiffing lowered deliveries expectations.

But Nio? Oh, Nio beat those expectations, unlike Tesla. And it did so while solely relying on the Chinese market.

Nio how are you still alive Sonic meme

Furthermore, Nio’s guidance was huge. With production back to normal in China, Nio forecast Q3 deliveries of between 31,000 and 33,000 vehicles. The company also said it expects revenue of between $1.9 billion and $2 billion for the quarter.

The final bullish nail in the coffin is that, with production back to normal, losses related to COVID-19 expenditures should moderate considerably, potentially allowing Nio to improve gross margin and narrow losses.

Heck, Nio even has a shot at reaching profitability with pandemic restraints gone and supply chain woes easing.

The bottom line here is that this could be a buying opportunity for NIO stock. It could be … but I’m still waiting on clarification from U.S. and Chinese officials on NIO’s U.S. listing status. The potential for NIO stock to be delisted from the NYSE is my biggest concern for the company right now.

Once that issue is settled, don’t be surprised if I add NIO stock back into the Great Stuff Picks portfolio.

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Quick and Dirty

That’s What I’m Saying!

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Great Ones, it’s time to pat yourselves on the back once again!

Me? What’d I do?

I don’t know, it just sounds humbler than patting myself on the back all the time. Anyway, you were here last week when Great Stuff’s prophecy was given … and now you’re here for those predictions to come true!

Who knew it’d happen so soon: ChargePoint (NYSE: CHPT) got some well-deserved analyst attention this morning by none other than Credit Suisse. The firm started its coverage on the charging stock with an Outperform rating and $22 price target.

Better still, Credit Suisse specifically shouted out ChargePoint’s likelihood to benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act — and that whole “California going electric” thing. Who knew?

You did. You knew … ahead of Wall Street, to boot.

CHPT shot up about 6% on the news.

Scoopa Coupa & The Mighty Scoop

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Is that … Kyuss? In Great Stuff? You get points for credibility there.

Oh, buckle up and get your green shells ready: We’re headed off to the Koopa-infested Mushroom Kingdom today — which is all I could think of once I read about Coupa Software (Nasdaq: COUP).

Coupa’s business management software-coding Koopas killed it last quarter: The company’s losses improved and beat analysts’ expectations, while revenue shot up 18% and also beat analysts’ targets. Better still, Coupa’s guidance came in above Wall Street estimates at the high end.

COUP stock shot up 14% on the report, but that’s hardly a Band-Aid on the company’s 75% sell-off over the past year. Ironic … Coupa could save other companies with its spending-management software. But not itself.

Now I have the urge to go blast some Koopa shells in Mario Kart…

A Whole Newell World

Easy to find lids easy to find lies meme

Now, we’ve talked about consumers and consumer confidence … but Newell Brands (Nasdaq: NWL) over here is in a dilemma over its confidence about consumer confidence.

I think I pick up what you’re putting down.

Newell Brands’ brands are the brandiest brands that have ever been branded — everything from of Rubbermaid, Yankee Candle, Elmer’s glue, Sharpie, PaperMate, Krazy Glue, Ball mason jars, Graco, Mr. Coffee and Coleman outdoor gear.

Basically, Newell Brands makes like … a quarter of what you’ll find in a Target store. And with such exposure to the average consumer comes with it the confidence of the average consumer. And they aren’t so confident right now.

Newell cut its per-share earnings outlook substantially, from a previous range of $1.79 and $1.86 down to a range of $1.56 and $1.70. The company also expects revenue to take a huge hit as more

People are paying more and getting less everywhere. And you don’t need those extra Rubbermaid totes when you’re not buying as much junk, right?

The Yankee Candles, on the other hand … I know it’s hard to pull yourself away from them. Must. Sniff. One. More.

Go Google Yourself

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One of these days, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will end up in these pages doing something … you know … actually good. But today? No, today is not that day.

According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google wants to be about 20% cooler — er, efficient, I mean. And seeing as how Google’s talking about human efficiency, you can put two and two together: Google’s hinting at cutting its workforce. About 20% of it, if I had to guess.

This isn’t the first time Google has gone down the “merge two teams and kill off a product” road. In fact, killing off products is arguably what Google does best.

So what does Google have to say for itself and its “20% more efficient” plans? Well, not much:

The more we try to understand the macroeconomic, we feel very uncertain about it. The macroeconomic performance is correlated to ad spend, consumer spend and so on.

Ain’t that something. You ever look at the economy and have no idea what to do for your business … but you know it involves ruining someone’s day? It’s kinda like that.

If you have thoughts on any of today’s topics — and I know you do — write to us at GreatStuffToday@BanyanHill.com.

In the meantime, here’s where you can find our other junk — erm, I mean where you can check out some more Greatness:

Regards,
Joseph Hargett. Editor of Great Stuff

Joseph Hargett
Editor, Great Stuff

About The Author

Joseph Hargett

Joseph Hargett

Joseph Hargett is the face, the myth and the greatness behind Great Stuff — a daily e-zine from Banyan Hill that takes you on a casual romp ‘round the market’s otherwise-boring goings-on. This is finance with an edge … and by “edge,” we mean memes. A whole lotta memes.

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