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As governments across the globe commit to shortening the deadlines on banning the sale of ICE vehicles, and with manufacturers intensifying their electrification efforts to provide vehicles across all price ranges, electrification is indeed just around the corner.
Interest in EVs in the UK has skyrocketed up by 500%, while Europe sales have reached half a million units this year. The automotive industry is being radically reimagined as we speak and EVs are taking center stage. Tesla Inc's (NASDAQ: TSLA) value topped $500 billion dollars as it will be finally admitted to the S&P 500 this month. Volkswagen A G (OTC: VWAGY) has built the largest EV production plant in Europe. Moreover, the German giant started delivering its electric ID.3 in September and it became the best-selling electric vehicle on the continent already in October. Meanwhile, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Bayerische Motoren Werke ADR (OTC: BMWYY) are scaling up their electrification efforts and aiming even higher. Yet, due to their lower maintenance cost of these vehicles, we often forget about specialized equipment that is just as important.
Worksport To Present At LD Micro Main Event (XIII) In Los Angeles
system, a novel solar powered light truck bed cover, at the LD Micro Main Event (XIII) (NASDAQ: SRAX) in Los Angeles. This event gathers the world's largest active base of micro-cap investors estimated at over 1.3 million individuals, with 2 million investors being invited. Timing could not be better for Worksport to tell its story as it recently launched a Regulation-A public offering. Each presenter will have 10 minutes for the exposé and additional 10 minutes will be devoted to a Q&A.
Slow & Steady Can Still Win The Race
Despite their lower maintenance costs, EVs will still need replacement parts. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO), who recently reported their earnings, already supplies several parts for Tesla such as brake pads, windshield wipers, headlights, cabin air filters and mirror replacement glass, among others.
Autozone earned $18.61 a share from revenue that rose nearly 13% to $3.154 billion, exceeding analyst estimates of $17.82 and $3.147 billion respectively. Domestic same-store sales rose 12.3% in the first quarter after climbing 3.4% in the year-earlier period with 39 new store openings in the U.S. and two in Brazil during the quarter. But gross-profit margins narrowed down 62 basis points from last year. Gross margins shrank due to one-time factors such as the impact of the pandemic on costs and increase in loyalty rewards shopping by current customers. Although this scared investors, as the stock dropped after the report. COVID-related factors are already declining, and loyalty programs are always a good sign that customers are coming back. Operating expenses as a percentage of sales reduced to 33.6% from 35.8% a year earlier. But the Memphis-based company will take a $50 million second-quarter charge to enhance employee benefits.
Most importantly, the company has a long history of growing faster than its peers. Additionally, it has opportunities for continued domestic and international growth as well as a superior customer service that puts it ahead of titans such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart Inc (NASDAQ: WMT). AutoZone has grown its revenue each year over the past 22 years. While it has the largest number of stores, its average store size is smaller than its competitors, O'Reilly Automotive Inc (NYSE: ORLY) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP). In this case, smaller seems to be better as Forbes reported AutoZone generates more revenue per square foot of store space than its two competitors. AutoZone's superior profitability is behind the consistent growth in core earnings. Over the past decade, the company has grown core earnings by 9% compounded annually.
Whatever the future holds, Autozone is positioned to benefit from rising used car sales and rising average age of cars on the road whereas Worksport's technology can enhance any pickup, the best-selling vehicle, and make it more sustainable with its solar technology. Moreover, during a recession, people are reluctant to make large purchases and are more likely to enhance their existing vehicles. Therefore, both companies are set to benefit from upcoming trends as the industry continues to evolve. We are entering an era which will be marked by one of the greatest and greenest technological advances in human history with a massive shift happening within the next few years.
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