Peloton raises provide chain funding after product delays


Peloton didn’t wow traders with its vacation quarter outcomes, sending its inventory down almost 8 per cent in after-hours commerce because the group mentioned it continued to wrestle to ship its flagship bike and treadmill merchandise in a well timed method.

The related spinning bike pioneer mentioned revenues final quarter grew 128 per cent to $1.06bn, a nudge forward of forecasts at $1.03bn. It produced a web revenue of $63.6m — its third quarterly revenue in a row — versus a lack of $55.4m a yr in the past.

Peloton pledged it will spend $100m on air freight and expedited ocean freight to enhance its “longer than acceptable wait occasions” over the following six months. “Whereas this funding will dampen our near-term profitability, bettering our member expertise is our first precedence,” Peloton informed shareholders.

It mentioned that “well-publicised West Coast port delays and Covid-related elements” had been persevering with to maintain supply occasions elevated.

In late December Peloton introduced the acquisition of Precor, one of many world’s largest health tools makers, for $420m, including manufacturing capability for Peloton merchandise.

“The continuing Covid-19 pandemic continues to current a difficult working panorama, and we proceed to work to handle lengthy order-to-delivery timeframes,” Peloton mentioned. “Nevertheless, our provide chain investments over the past a number of months are serving to us higher match our provide and demand going ahead.”

Peloton inventory has soared 382 per cent prior to now 12 months to provide the corporate a valuation of $46bn. Through the buying and selling day on Thursday, the shares rose 7 per cent.

The corporate mentioned it now had 1.67m subscribers utilizing its bikes and treadmills — reflecting year-on-year progress of 134 per cent — and its no-equipment-necessary “Peloton Digital” subscriptions had risen 472 per cent to 625,000.

It raised its income forecast for the yr ending June 30 to $4.1bn, which might be greater than double the $1.83bn complete for the earlier fiscal yr and compares to prior Wall Avenue estimates of $3.9bn.