New IPO: WaterDrop $WDH on May 13th Chinese Insuretech company

$WDH Waterdrop Inc., the Chinese insurance technology company will IPO on May 13th at $10-$12/share raising about $360M, valuing the company at about $4.5B.

$WDH is backed by Tencent $TCEHY which has also backed SEA Limited $SE, Futu Holdings $FUTU among other companies.

Online insurer Waterdrop IPO to make big splash in US-Jiemian Global

Waterdrop distributes insurance policies online and provides illness crowd-funding.

China’s online insurance market, may grow to as much as 2.5 trillion yuan ($387B) in a decade, growing at 16% CAGR, according to China International Capital Corp.

$WDH insurance crowdfunding has more than 70 million users as of 2019 and paid out almost 2 billion yuan to members.

Waterdrop has 2 units – Waterdrop Insurance Marketplace and Medical Crowdfunding.

The company helps those who face significant medical cost conduct crowdfunding campaigns. More than 340 million people donated 37 billion yuan to 1.7 million-plus patients as of the end of last year.

It lost $169M last year on revenues of $464M (+111% YoY). It had $162.8M in cash before the IPO.

The biggest challenges are  pending regulatory changes that could halt key operations to prolonged losses if it spends for expansion. Chinese regulators already attempted to block the listing, according to Reuters.

Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. are acting as the representatives of the underwriters.

$WDH was founded in 2016, by founder, Chairman and CEO Peng Shen, who was previously a founding team member of Meituan Waimai, a food delivery service in China.

Founder, Peng Shen

Waterdrop has received $741M in investment from investors including Neptune Max, Image Frame Investment, Boyu Capital, Gaorong Capital, and Swiss Re.

$WDH has 62 insurance carriers offering 200 different types of health and life insurance products on its platform

At 10X LTM (but 100%+ growth) and increasing losses, the valuation is very rich compared to recent IPOs of Insure Tech companies in the US – $LMND Lemonade, $OSCR Oscar Health, $ROOT Root Insurance and $RTPZ Hippo Insurance.

New IPO $OG Onion Global China based fashion eCommerce MAy 11th

$OG Onion Global is a China based online fashion eCommerce marketplace. The company will list on May 11th selling shares at $7.25/share raising about $67.5M at about $600M Market Cap.

Onion Global, a Chinese E-commerce Platform, Eyes US IPO

$OG management is headed by founder and CEO Cong (Kenny) Li, who was previously founder of another e-commerce company, Hua Ning, and worked at Procter & Gamble China and Nike China.

$OG has received at least $128M from investors including Li Bai Global, Pingsan Bai, YGC Holdings, and ECSH Xianlv Limited.

$OG fresh, fashionable and future brands, which it refers to as the 3Fs across China and parts of Asia. 

Onion Global, a Chinese E-commerce Platform, Eyes US IPO

$OG has about 500K consumers who are influencers, over 2.1M active buyers on the platform & 15.5M registered consumers. They also have more than 4K brands in 24 product categories.

Cross-Border E-Commerce Site Optimises Supply Chain to Sharpen Competitive  Edge | hktdc research | HKMB - Hong Kong Means Business

The fashion market they are targeting is a subset of the apparel market focused on influencer-based marketing and is about $18B in Asia Pacific.

$OG had $584M in revenue (+41% YoY) at a Gross Margin of 20%, and grew gross profits 51% YoY to $119M. The operating margin was $39M (+6.7% YoY).

$OG has $40M in cash and will raise another $67M with $6M in Free cash flow for 2020.

Li Cong, the actual controller of the Onion Group, was rejected for the  production and sale of counterfeit drugs. He had sold counterfeit and  shoddy products. - iNEWS

At $600M Market cap and $40M in Operating margin they seem reasonably valued, relative to $CPNG, $FTCH and $SE, but $OG has much lower margins.

Recommendation

While I think this is an interesting company with a good brand, I am personally not buying shares at the IPO and have no interest until I see growth in other regions. Fashion as an eCommerce segment has tremendous competition in China as well.

Is $LYFT (Lyft Inc.) stock a buy after its earnings release?

$LYFT $53.48 (-5% on 5/5) slid down after Q1 revenue of $609M (+12% QoQ) and adjusted EBITDA of($73M) – +15% QoQ.

$LYFT believes it can be adjusted EBITDA breakeven by Q2 2021, because of cost cutting measures it adopted post Covid, even with 35% less rides than in 2020.

$LYFT had lower drivers mostly due to Covid vaccinations and federal unemployment benefits, but is seeing ride volume rebound – especially to airports (+65% April relative to Jan).

$LYFT Positives: a) Increased Revenue per active rider (+0.2%) to $45.13 b) Lower costs leading to profitability and c) New offerings in B2B delivery.

$LYFT Negatives: a) Gross margins lower (-4%) thanks to Covid insurance, b) Growth is not as strong as $UBER

Analyst Updates

Deutsche Bank raises PT (Price Target) to $75

Stifel raised PT to $60

Credit Suisse raised PT to $76

Barclays raised PT to $60

Nomura raised PT to $63

Morgan Stanley raised PT to $70

Metrics

Active riders in Q1 went to 13.49M (-36% YoY)

Revenue per active rider in Q1 went to $45.13 (+0.2%)

Recommendation

I dont have a position in $LYFT but see $UBER as a better risk / reward at this point, and will wait until $UBER reports earnings end of day 5/5.

New IPO filing FlyWire $FLYW – Payment Fintech Company

$FLYW Flywire a payment tech company filed to go public privately.

$FLYW Flywire is a global payments company that attracted more than $300M as a startup, most recently raising a $60M in April 2021.

The expected valuation is $3B. $FLYW is looking to raise $100M in its IPO.

The Boston-based company, which was founded in 2011 by Iker focuses on payments in the education, healthcare and travel sectors. The company was initially formed in July 2009 as peerTransfer Corp., but changed its name to Flywire in December 2016.

$FLYW recorded $44.99M in revenue for the three months ended March 31, up from $32.71M in the same period a year ago.

Flywire is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co on the listing, which could come as early as July 2021.

$FLYW has processed more than $16B in transactions and employs more than 550 people. Flywire CEO Mike Massaro is focused on growing the company in the education space & travel.

The company processes payments in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide and said it offers over 250 payment methods to its 2,250-plus clients.

2019 calendar year, the company generated revenue of $94.9M and losses of $20.1M.

$FLYW revenue grew to $131.8 million (+39%) with a net loss of $11.1 million (+45%).

Flywire powers more than 50 leading U.S. hospitals and health system & Processes $14 B in patient transactions, representing more than ⅓ of U.S. households.

In Feb 2020, Flywire acquired Simplee, a healthcare technology platform, to optimize the digital payments and patient engagement experience in healthcare and scale its global payments services.

Global payments revenue is expected to grow at a 5.9% CAGR from 2019-2028 to become a $2.5T industry by 2028.

New IPO $IPW – iPower – eCommerce for Hydroponics and AgTech equipment

$IPW iPower runs and operates zenhydro.com, an online eCommerce store for Hydroponics equipment and other indoor farming and Agricultural products. They sell their products via $AMZN Amazon, $WM WalMart, $EBAY eBay and other online distribution channels.

$IPW is going to list on NASDAQ on May 6th 2021. They are looking to raise about $50M, pricing 5M shares at about $10 (mid point of range $9-$11). The issue is being managed by D. A. Davidson.

$IPW – At that price they will be valued at about $220M, giving them a EV/Revenue multiple of 5.25 and EV/EBIDTA of 53 for a company growing at 75% YoY.

iPower sells 26K 3rd party products (via partnerships with 100 suppliers) and its own private label products to indoor farming enthusiasts and professional growers (marijuana, microgreens, etc.)

The company grew revenues 75% in 2020 to $40M with net income of $2M. Revenue in 2019 was $26M and net income was $1M.

The company has its own fulfilment center in California and has been very capital efficient, raising less than $3.5M to date.

$IPW iPower was founded in 2010 by CEO Chenlong (Lawrence) Tan, but only recently (2018) changed its name and legal entity to iPower.

In 2020 $IPW product sales mix includes: Nutrients such as fertilizers, (17%), Ventilation systems (16%), Grow light systems (9%), Air filter devices (8%) and Trimmers (4%) among other products.

They also sell their own private label brands iPower and Deluxe for ventilation and lighting.

What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a method of gardening in which plants are grown in a controlled environment with lighting sources and an optimized mix of nutrients and water, instead of soil.

Roots of the plants are submerged in water giving them direct access to nutrients resulting in efficient growth.

Hydroponics - Wikipedia

Since hydroponics can be grown indoors, plants are protected from weather, pests and chemicals.

How large is the Hydroponics market?

Hydroponics is largely used to grow micro greens, cannabis & other vegetables. The global hydroponics market is about $9.5B in 2020, growing at 5% CAGR to $18B by 2026.

The growth is driven by indoor growing of year-round hothouse vegetables in small batches, as well at large growth in cannabis.

Hydroponics Market Size & Share | Industry Analysis Report, 2025

How well has iPower executed?

$IPW iPower has executed its growth very well, with strong top line revenue growth of 75% during Covid, gross margins of 38%-41% and net income of $1+M.

$IPW Monthly revenue has grown from mostly 3rd party product sales (lower margin) to private-label products (higher margin).

How does $IPW distribute its products?

$IPW operates its own website (zenhydro.com) but also sells on $AMZN (Amazon.com) as a 3rd party seller, as well as listing on Walmart $WMT and eBay $EBAY.

In 2020 $AMZN business grew 87% YoY, with 62 listed products on the Amazon marketplace and 5 best selling SKU.

The manage their own logistics and fulfillment center near Los Angeles, California from where they ship and distribute products.

Why are they growing so quickly?

Covid growth in eCommerce is pushing their short term growth trends. There are 2 customer segments – small residential gardens and small commercial cultivators – who focus on Vertical farming.

They have a good mix of products and growth has been driven by Cannabis sales due to Covid in 2020.

Who are the competitors?

Over 200 hydroponics equipment makers and distributors exist in the US alone, with the large ones being Aerofarms, Freight Farms and LumiGrow.

What are the risks and concerns?

There are 5 major concerns I have:

  1. 2020 growth was driven by Covid and movement from offline purchases to online. Will that be sustained?
  2. Of the 170 reviews for the store, their rating is 1.7 / 5, which is very low. Most of the reviews are about poor customer service and delayed product shipments. However their $AMZN store reviews are terrific, so I am not sure why they seem to have issues with direct fulfillment.
  3. There is one employee lawsuit pending in LA court which is still ongoing but not disclosed in the SEC filing.
  4. The company’s sole founder has majority of the Class A stock which have 10:1 voting rights representing 96.53% of voting power.
  5. 75% of sales are via 3rd party platforms such as $AMZN and $WMT. If this slows or if the platforms cause issues, revenue is going to drop quickly.

What is the recommendation?

$IPW As with all IPO I would watch $IPW for 3-6 months before I take a serious position. The superficial numbers and growth look good and I like the valuation, but Covid growth concerns and poor customer reviews give me pause.

References

https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/20499356https://www.retailroadshow.com/presentation/#/pres?presid=894692https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1830072/000168316821000335/ipower_s1.htmhttps://trellis.law/ruling/19STCV29272/WENJUAN-LUO-VS-CHENLONG-TAN/20200826edb627

•https://unicourt.com/case/ca-la23-wenjuan-luo-vs-chenlong-tan-428438

Unforgettable Quotes from “The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching” book

Here are some memorable quotes from the book “The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Nahn

Amazon.com: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into  Peace, Joy, and Liberation (9780767903691): Hanh, Thich Nhat: Books
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation

The book is terrific and I highly recommend it. I am on a goal to read one book a month on self improvement, philosophy and spirituality. If this summary is helpful, drop me a line on twitter.

When one tree in the garden is sick, you have to care for it. But don’t overlook all the healthy trees. Even while you have pain in your heart, you can enjoy the many wonders of life.

To me this is about being grateful and appreciating things even during the depths of despair. Don’t ignore your suffering, but don’t forget to enjoy the wonders of life, for your sake and for the benefit of many beings.

You cannot choose to be austere alone. You cannot choose to be indulgent alone. The middle way of moderation gives you the balance.

The four noble truths and eight fold path

The First Noble Truth is suffering (dukkha).

We all suffer to some extent. We have to recognize and acknowledge the presence of this suffering and touch it. To do so, we may need the help of a teacher and a Sangha, friends in the practice.

The Second Noble Truth is the origin, roots, nature, creation, or arising (samudaya) of suffering.

After we touch our suffering, we need to look deeply into it to see how it came to be.

The Third Noble Truth is the cessation (nirodha) of creating suffering by refraining from doing the things that make us suffer.

The Third Truth teaches us that healing is possible.

The Fourth Noble Truth is the path (marga) that leads to refraining from doing the things that cause us to suffer.

The 8 fold path

Right View,

Right Thinking,

Right Speech,

Right Action,

Right Livelihood,

Right Diligence,

Right Mindfulness, and

Right Concentration.

Habits to cultivate:

  1. Stopping
  2. Calming

We have to learn the art of stopping the suffering.

We can stop by practicing mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful smiling, and deep looking in order to understand.

We have to learn the art of breathing in and out, stopping our activities, and calming our emotions.

To calm our body and mind we can adopt the 5 stages.

(1) Recognition — If we are angry, we say, “I know that anger is in me.”
(2) Acceptance — When we are angry, we do not deny it. We accept what is present.
(3) Embracing — We hold our anger in our two arms like a mother holding her crying baby. Our mindfulness embraces our emotion, and this alone can calm our anger and ourselves.
(4) Looking deeply — When we are calm enough, we can look deeply to understand what has brought this anger to be, what is causing it.
(5) Insight — The fruit of looking deeply is understanding the many causes and conditions primary and secondary that are causing it.

We have to learn the art of resting, allowing our body and mind to
rest. If we have wounds in our body or our mind, we have to rest so they can heal themselves.

Calming allows us to rest, and resting is a precondition for healing.

Meditation does not have to be hard labor. Just allow your body and mind to rest like an animal in the forest. Don’t struggle. There is no need to attain anything.

If we are mindful, we will know whether we are “ingesting” the toxins of fear, hatred, and violence, or eating foods that encourage understanding, compassion, and the determination to help others.

Practicing mindfulness helps us learn to appreciate the well-being that is already there. With mindfulness, we treasure our happiness and can make it last longer.

The greatest miracle is to be alive. We can put an end to our
suffering just by realizing that our suffering is not worth suffering for.

I will explore the 8 fold path in the next post.

$FB Facebook Q1 Earnings Summary and Analysis

$FB Facebook reported Q1 EPS of $3.30 (+95% YoY), $0.93 better than the analyst estimate of $2.37

$FB Revenue for the quarter came in at $26.17B (+47% YoY) versus the consensus estimate of $23.67B.

$FB daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.88B on average for March 2021, (+8% YoY).

$FB monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 2.85B as of March 2021 (+10% YoY).

$FB Ad rates and pricing rose 30% YoY driving strong revenue gains, which led 4 analysts to raise price targets to $380 – $400.

$FB is currently at $326

$FB is investing in the consumer shopping experience – with ~9% of total MAUs now interacting with merchandise, which can drive universal adoption of Shops and subsequently increase the shopping use case.

$FB disclosed that there 1M active shopping stores, 250M visitors to
these stores.

$FB announced another $4B in share buybacks as well, likely raising EPS. $FB has $62B in cash with no debt.

A 12-month price target of $380 seems reasonable based on 24x 2022 GAAP EPS estimate plus cash, and implies ~16.0x ’22E Adjusted
EBITDA.

New intiatives

“We have a long way to go to build out a full featured commerce platform across our services, and this is a multiyear journey. But I am very committed to getting there” – Mark Zuckerberg

How To Sell With Facebook Commerce Manager In 2020

“We’re looking forward to offering businesses a native way to manage their customer relationships on our platforms” – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CRM - CRM Software | Sales CRM Software

“We’re rebuilding meaningful elements of our ad tech so that our system continues to perform when we have access to less data in the future (Apple IDFA)” — Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook has abandoned the IDFA and may kill FAN for iOS. What's next for  mobile measurement? | Mobile Dev Memo

$HNST (Honest Company) – New IPO listing Wed, May 5th

$HNST Honest company, founded by Jessica Alba is going public next week on May 5th, expecting to raise $105M in cash at $14-$17 / share valuing the company at $1.4B to $1.8B.

Jessica Alba's Honest Company Might Be Acquired | PYMNTS.com

$HNST sells Baby, Skin Care, and Wellness products online and via retail outlets. It was founded in 2012.

The company is a digital native company with a mission to make natural products with a green and clean footprint for the socially conscious consumer.

$HNST develops products in its in-house lab, and is transparent around how its products are made and what ingredients are put inside them.

The Honest Company: No Smoke & Mirrors - Technology and Operations  Management

Market

“Clean and Natural” segment is ~$17B per year in annual spend, and is a rapidly growing segment within a large consumer market for Baby, Skin care, and Wellness products (~$130B per year). 80% of this market is offline retail store. Honest is an omnichannel company with D2C (Direct to Consumer) & 30K store distribution through retail.

S-1

$HNST: Multiple changes in management and some challenging years (2017-2018) forced the company to go from a monthly subscription model to a regular à la carte retail model with non-Baby products approaching 40% of sales in 2020.

55% of sales come from online (mobile, web) and remaining from retail.

The top three $HNST categories are Diapers and Wipes, Skin and Personal Care, and Household and Wellness, which represented 63%, 26%, and 11% of its 2020 revenue.

The Honest Company on Behance

$HNST IPO pricing range of $14 to $17 per share implies a market cap ranging from ~$1.4bn to $1.7bn (101M fully diluted shares outstanding).

How to Buy The Honest Company IPO (HNST) Stock on the Open • Benzinga

Pre-IPO investors include IVP, Fidelity, Lightspeed, General Catalyst, ICONIQ, and Dragoneer.

Financials

$HNST revenues increased 27.6% from ~$236M to ~$301M in 2020, with Gross Margins in the 35% range.

$HNST reported positive EBITDA of ~$11mn during 2020 at 4% operating margin.

Competition

$HNST faces competition vs. large retailers and well-established brands such as $AMZN (Amazon), $COST (Costco) and $PG (Procter and Gamble) Pampers and $KMB (Kimberly Clark) Huggies.

Valuation

The rise, fall, and rise again of The Honest Company - Jilt

$HNST could generate revenues ranging from $350M to $375M (2021) and $425M to $450M (2022), implying 17% YoY growth, with gross margin and EBITDA margin approaching ~39% and ~8%, respectively, in 2022.

$HNST valuation implies 3.0x to 3.5x on 22E revenues and 7.5x to 9.0x 22E Gross Profit.

Recommendation

I dont think this company will soar on IPO, but I may be wrong. I do think there is a segment of their consumers who love them and they might buy the stock, but I believe there are better opportunities in other places to generate better returns.

$GOOG Google (Alphabet) earnings Summary

Alphabet (Google) $GOOG $GOOGL reported 1Q 2021 earnings yesterday. The results were significantly above both street estimates and guidance.

Alphabet $GOOG reported Q1 2021 EPS of $26.29, $10.41 better than the analyst estimate of $15.88. Revenue for the quarter came in at $55.31B versus the consensus estimate of $51.68B

$GOOG has outperformed $MSFT last year and so far this year

$GOOG saw strong growth in YouTube, Cloud and accelerating search revenue. I believe this might be one of the best Covid recovery plays along with $FB.

Strong 34% growth in Revenue

Google Cloud and YouTube segment revenue growth stayed above 45% YoY.

$GOOG repurchased $7.9B worth of shares; repurchased ~$76bn worth of shares in the past 4 years; $GOOGL board authorized another $50B buyback.

Cloud: Revenue increased 46% YoY, and backlog increased to vs. ~$30B in 4Q vs. $19bn in 3Q.

Analyst Price Targets (PT) upgrades

PT Raised to $2,850 at Jefferies
PT Raised to $2,800 at Canaccord Genuity
PT Raised to $2,635 at Piper Sandler
PT Raised to $2,700 at Cowen
PT Raised to $2,575 at Morgan Stanley
PT Raised to $2,700 at Needham & Company
PT Raised to $2,750 at Raymond James

NEw IPO registration $ZIP ZipRecruiter Expected Q2 2021

$ZIP ZipRecruiter is an online marketplace for jobs. ZipRecruiter works like a matchmaker curating job opportunity for job seekers, and candidates for employers.

$ZIP is planning to go IPO via direct listing sometime in Q2 2021.

Background

The company was founded in 2010 by Ian Siegel Joe Edmonds, Ward Poulos and Will Redd in Santa Monica, California. The company’s investors include venture capital firms IVP and Basepoint Ventures.

$ZIP has raised more than $250M in funding and was previously valued at $1.5B in 2019.

Market

Employers spend more than $205B per year in the United States alone to recruit talent.

Online Recruitment Market by Type and Application, 2018-2025
Global online recruitment market

Online recruitment alone represents over $13 billion of this opportunity.  The online segment of the U.S. recruiting market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 14.1% from 2016 to 2025.

The online segment of the recruiting market in the U.S. is expected to continue expanding its share of the recruiting market, with online share increasing from 3% in 2016 to 6% in 2020 and to 8% in 2025.

Industry

ZipRecruiter has competition in LinkedIn, Indeed, as well as from many well-established online job sites such as CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Glassdoor, and Monster and may face additional competition from Google for Jobs or Facebook.

ZipRecruiter has <2% share

Product

Jobs posted with ZipRecruiter are distributed to well over 1,000 career sites.

When employers post a job, ZipRecruiter’s matching technology identifies and sends an alert to the best job seekers in $ZIP

$ZIP provides employers with access to 14M monthly Active Job Seekers.

Key Innovations from $ZIP

Customers

Roughly about 2.8 M employers and 110M job seekers use $ZIP

$ZIP experiences a decline in the Paid Employers during the fourth quarter as a result of seasonal hiring dynamics.

The number of Quarterly Paid Employers December 31, 2019 declined by 9% as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

In 2020, $ZIP experienced a decrease in sequential revenue of 23% in the quarter ended June 30, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but saw consecutive quarters of revenue growth of 17% and 11% in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 as employers started to return.

Revenue in the second half of the year represented 52% of total annual revenue in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The average customer spends about $1200+ each year.

$ZIP provides a variety of pricing plans from flat rate pricing on terms ranging from a day to a year, as well as performance-based pricing for employers that run sophisticated recruitment marketing campaigns.

$ZIP subscription revenue consists of time-based job posting plans, upsells which complement or expand visibility and prominence to job posting plans, and resume database plans.

Go to Market

Customer payback period averaged less than 16 months, meaning that the Cohort’s Employer Acquisition Expense was, on average, recovered within 1.5 years.

$ZIP spends money on marketing campaigns and has an inside sales team.

Management

ZipRecruiter is run by a seasoned management team with average tenure of about 24 months at $ZIP

Financials

Last year, it had net income of $86M on revenue of $418M , compared with a net loss of $6.3M on revenue of $430M in 2019.

Revenue slowed because of Covid but they turned a profit.

The company was worth $1.5 billion in a 2018 fundraising round. ZipRecruiter is expected to list the IPO at between $3B and $5B in valuation.

The company hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co to lead in the preparations for the IPO.

Valuation

At $3B – $5B in valuation, with expected 20% growth the company is valued at 7X to 12X 2020 revenues.

Recommendation

While this is an interesting company, I am going to wait for 6-9 months until after the IPO and 2 quarters of execution before I even take a position (or not).

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