Product launch, alternative energy top news topics for global automakers
Surge in news volume highlighting alternative energy signals the automotive industry is moving towards electric vehicles at top speed
Tesla Inc. topped the media coverage among 20 major global automakers in 2017 followed by Volkswagen, Ford Motor, and Toyota (Image 1). Tesla generated a lot of media frenzy around its market launch of Model 3 and unveiling of Roadster and Tesla Semi during this year.
FiND, an alternative data platform showed a surge in news flow highlighting alternative energy for all major automakers globally (Image 2). Automotive product launches generate lots of media coverage and thus it topping the list is understandable.
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French drug-maker Sanofi faces risk to its 16% of revenues after its top-selling drug Lantus came under threat from the generic manufacturers. The fear of losing revenue from Lantus has forced Sanofi to defend its intellectual property rights. Recent news flow showed that the maker of Lantus drug filed several patent infringement suits against the generic manufacturers.
Lantus, an “Insulin glargine” (a long-acting basal insulin analogue), accounted for 16.4% of Sanofi’s net sales in 2016. Lantus consists of microcrystals, which slowly releases insulin over a period of 24 hours with a peak-less profile. This drug helps in controlling the blood sugar of diabetic people.
Lantus is one of the major drugs in the anti-diabetic segment. In 2015, Lantus accounted for ~17% of the global sales for anti-diabetic products.
Delta Air Lines rallied on Tuesday after the company issued better-than-expected guidance for the third quarter passenger unit revenue. Despite fall in passenger traffic in September 2017, Delta management expects passenger unit revenue to increase by 2% for the quarter ended September 2017.
In September, operations of few US-based airlines including Delta were affected by the Hurricane Irma. Bad weather conditions forced Delta to cancel 22,000 flights in the last month. As a result, the carrier reported a drop of 2.3% (on a year-on-year basis) in the number of passengers carried during September.
Heckyl’s alternative data platform FiND did not show any major impact of Hurricane Irma on Delta’s operational performance for the quarter ended September 2017. Our analysis showed a growth of 3% (on a y-o-y basis) in the number of passengers carried by Delta during the quarter ended September 2017.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico on September 19 has left auto OEMs, suppliers and dealers worried on possible production and sales losses, if any. Fortunately, Central Mexico, the worst affected area, has fewer manufacturing plants compared to other parts of the country.
But as a participant in the auto supply chain, are you well prepared to hedge or possibly gain out of the situations like these?
FiND, a brand new Alternative Data platform, can not only alert you about the OEMs and plants which are worse impacted by the supply disruptions but also can provide information about the models and parts produced in these plants.
Journey from stagnant unit sales and average profit margins
Maruti Suzuki recorded stagnant unit sales during FY13 (up 3.3% y-o-y) and FY14 (down 1.4% y-o-y). EBITDA margin stood in the range of 8% to 11% during FY13 and FY14.
… to industry beating growth rates
India’s top car manufacturer witnessed a substantial improvement in both unit sales growth and margins during the past 3-years. Annual unit sales growth was in the range of 9-12% during FY15 to FY17. At the same time, EBITDA margin has also improved from 10.9% in FY14 to 15.2% in FY17.
Maruti Suzuki’s progress over the past 10-quarters
To succeed in today’s stock market, one must have access to new information that can move the markets higher or lower. At the same time, getting such price sensitive information in time is also important to stay ahead of others. In the last 10-years, we have seen massive explosion in the amount of information that is available on the internet. However, the huge amount of information is making it increasingly difficult for traders and investors to find price sensitive news in time.
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