December 14th, 2020 | 13:11 CET
Airbnb, technotrans, Focus Mining - Focused into the New Year!
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Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.
Airbnb - Only flying is more beautiful!
Apartment rental Company Airbnb has once again increased its IPO issue price thanks to strong demand for its shares. Investors have now had to put USD 68 per Airbnb share on the table but were rewarded with an immediate doubling of the share price. With its initial listing last Thursday, Airbnb thus continued the series of successful IPOs that make the Corona year 2020 a record year for IPOs in the US. Nevertheless, it seems a bit strange that in the land of the most deaths, there is now a daily celebration on the stock exchange. The wealthy class in the US is arguably herd-resistant!
Airbnb is an online portal founded in 2008 in California's Silicon Valley for booking and renting accommodation, similar to an online reservation system. Both private and commercial landlords offer their accommodations without Airbnb assuming legal obligations. The business model includes pure mediation service. One is also above the legal regulations and leaves the provider any obligation to organize his business according to public statutes. From its founding in 2008 to September 2020, more than 520 million overnight stays were booked through Airbnb, according to the Company. A good 160,000 of the total of 7 million advertised accommodations are in Germany.
With its stock market debut, Airbnb is tapping growth capital in the 3-fold billion range. In the third quarter of 2020, Airbnb posted net income of USD 219 million on revenue of USD 1.34 billion. That represented a 19% year-over-year decline. In 2019, the Company produced a USD 674 million loss on USD 4.81 billion in revenue. Airbnb is thus suffering slightly less than the entire hotel industry - whether that's enough for an 18-fold revenue valuation in the medium term? We will see in the next few days...
technotrans - Who brings the vaccine doses?
Two weeks ago, there was great news to read: technotrans becomes part of vaccine logistics. Anyone who has looked at the technotrans share in the last few days can see the share price rewarded this news with an increase of almost 40%, but is now entering a phase of disillusionment. On Friday, the price was only EUR 25. The reason for the ignition upwards was a new product development for strongly cooling freight containers. Here technotrans has developed a mobile vaccine cooling system in which vaccines can be transported and stored in two temperature zones and at up to minus 80 degrees.
The low temperatures are needed to store BioNTech's current vaccines for more than five days. The partner and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has already designed a special refrigerated box for this case. Other preparations require less low temperatures or keep well in the refrigerator. The refrigerated container is therefore unlikely to become a bestseller, but the technotrans Company is making a dynamic impression in the fight against pandemics.
The Münster-based Company also continues to cool batteries for e-buses or battery-powered trains. Also, because of this growth market, it is expected among speculators that the medium-term targets could increase when the next figures are announced on December 17. At that time, technotrans also plans to provide updates on its new strategy; according to current analyst estimates, the previous outlook already calls for a doubling of the EBIT margin by 2025. From a chart perspective, the pullback of the last week could thus be seen as a trend confirmation. Now all that's missing is the upside turnaround.
Focus Mining - Focused into the new year!
At Focus Mining, everything is running in an orderly manner. In September, 12.5 million shares were placed after the share price had increased eightfold since March. This action is evidence of good market observation, as the measures were implemented in good time before the correction in precious metals in October/November. After a small correction to CAD 0.32, the share price has already risen above CAD 0.45 in the last few days. The tax-induced sales already seem to be priced in.
Attention is now required, as Focus Mining has named Steve Duchesne to its board of directors, effective immediately. Mr Duchesne is a founding partner of Biomass Carbon and has served as its President since May 2015. Biomass is a privately-held renewable energy startup focused on the production of energy pellets and plant carbon, a clear contribution to a more sustainable future.
Jean Rainville, President and CEO of Focus, commented, "I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Duchesne to our board of directors. He is among the most determined person I ever met and has a solid business background." In connection with the appointment of Mr Duchesne to its Board of Directors, Focus has granted incentive stock options to purchase 200,000 shares of common stock to the new director. Each stock option is immediately exercisable at a price of 46 cents per share for a period of three years from the date of grant.
For the Galloway project, the drilling program has commenced as planned. Under the new management, we also expect good progress in the development of environmentally friendly procedures for gold mining. Mr Duchesne can be expected to provide a lot of fresh input in his decision-making, not least because of his subscription rights. With the beginning of 2021 and a recovered gold price, Focus Mining should be able to take off further.
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