|Bid||24.25 x 0|
|Ask||24.26 x 0|
|Day's Range||24.08 - 24.46|
|52 Week Range||18.33 - 25.18|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.62|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||8.49|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.00 (4.14%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Manulife Financial Corporation (TSE:MFC) saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months...
(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia held discussions with some of the kingdom’s wealthiest families about becoming anchor investors in Aramco’s mammoth stake sale, according to five people with knowledge of the talks.Saudi officials made initial contact with some top business families on behalf of the oil giant, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Aramco may hold more formal meetings as early as next week after banks have been hired for the sale, three of the people said.The kingdom is aiming to raise at least 1% to 2% of Aramco from these investors, according to one of the people. The amount each family invests will likely hinge on the company’s valuation, another person said.The move underscores Saudi Arabia’s desire to ensure there’s enough demand for what could be the biggest initial public offering. The kingdom’s economy is struggling to shake off the impact of lower oil prices and a 2017 purge that ensnared dozens of billionaires and officials. The crackdown undermined business confidence and prompted many billionaires to consider shifting some of their fortune abroad.If local investors participate in the IPO at a “high valuation, this could improve the prospects for an international version, by setting the bar at a different level,” said Richard Segal, a senior emerging-markets analyst at Manulife Asset Management in London. ”The government could encourage this participation through quid pro quos.”A spokesman for Aramco wasn’t immediately able to comment.Some of the families that have been approached had relatives briefly held in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh as part of the purge, which the government called an anti-corruption crackdown, one of the people said. They aren’t, however, being forced to invest because of that, the person said.Anchor investors usually commit to buying shares in a company before an IPO is opened up to other investors to control pricing and ensure that the sale is successful.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the architect of the IPO plan, has said he expects Aramco to be valued at over $2 trillion, but analysts see $1.5 trillion as more realistic. The company aims to select underwriters this week and is considering selling shares on the Saudi stock exchange this year or early next, with a potential international listing at a later date, Bloomberg News has reported.“There is a lot of domestic liquidity but not enough to move the needle that much. As a result, the signalling impact would be more important,” Segal said, adding that a $2 trillion valuation to international markets still sounds high.Selling a stake in Aramco is a key part of the prince’s blueprint to wean Saudi Arabia off its reliance on oil, with the proceeds expected to be invested back into the economy. Plans for the IPO were put on hold last year as Aramco focused on the $69 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp.As preparations for the IPO gather pace, the kingdom named the head of its sovereign wealth fund as Aramco chairman, replacing Khalid Al-Falih, who was also later removed as energy minister.(Adds analyst comments in the fifth and ninth paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Alaa Shahine and Matthew Martin.To contact the reporters on this story: Archana Narayanan in Dubai at email@example.com;Dinesh Nair in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Nayla Razzouk in Dubai at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Stefania Bianchi at firstname.lastname@example.org, Alaa ShahineFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Same-day shipping is becoming the norm for online shoppers but for smaller merchants it can be a logistical nightmare. That’s where Shopify Inc. can step in, says Ric Kostick, chief executive officer of 100% PURE.The natural skincare company ships up to 5,000 orders a day from its own warehouse in San Jose, California. That works fine for customers on the West Coast but it can take up to a week to get its bamboo blur powder and coconut shower gel to the rest of the U.S. The company contemplated setting up an East Coast warehouse but the prospect was technically daunting.“The hardest thing is programming the technology to route the packages the right way and route the orders based on what a customer orders and what inventory is available at each site. Shopify has built the technology to calculate this,” says Kostick, who co-founded 100% PURE in 2004. “This is something I’ve wanted for years.”When Shopify said last month that it was moving into the fulfillment business -- essentially charging online merchants to store and ship their products -- the shares spiked and analysts began talking about the Canadian upstart as a potential competitor to Amazon.com Inc.It’s unlikely to become a serious threat to Amazon at this point. But many analysts believe the Ottawa-based company’s decision to add logistics to its range of online services is smart because it could help keep customers loyal, fend off competition and create an additional source of revenue. The move also could potentially pry small merchants from Amazon, which is focusing more on mega brands like Procter & Gamble Co.“A merchant is doing tens of millions of dollars in revenue but their fulfillment is a complete mess and that could prevent them from being successful,” says Taylor Sicard, a former Shopify employee who now runs a company that helps merchants set up e-commerce businesses. “It is a massive opportunity for Shopify.”Founded in 2006, Shopify had a simple pitch: pay us $29 a month and we’ll give you all the tools required to start an online business. Many Shopify customers fail, but the more successful they are, the more money Shopify makes through transaction fees and higher-priced subscription tiers. Its Shopify Plus premium service, which counts Kylie Jenner, The New York Times and 100% PURE as its customers, can cost at least $2,000 per month.Investors love the model. Shopify shares have soared more than 1,800% since the company went public in May 2015, making it one of Canada’s most successful startups. The stock has been hitting records almost daily and now has a market value of C$48.73 billion ($37 billion), bigger than two the country’s oldest financial heavyweights, Manulife Financial Corp. and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.But Shopify has struggled to make a profit and is poised to report a net loss of $35 million on sales of $320 million for the second quarter on Aug. 1, according to the average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.As the company matures, meanwhile, it will be harder to sustain the average 74% year-over-year revenue growth rates it has managed over the past three years. There are also concerns that Shopify relies too heavily on a few, large merchants that use its premium services. Most of the company’s customers, which amounted to over 820,000 as of June, are smaller and tend to flame out on a regular basis, creating considerable churn.That’s where the fulfillment service comes in. The company has pledged to negotiate low rates with warehouses and shipping companies, then pass those savings on to its customers. In the future, Shopify could pool shipments from different merchants together, making shipping faster and cheaper and gaining some of the same advantages Amazon gets from its centralized fulfillment network.Initial PhaseIt’s partnered with logistics firms to offer the service to merchants shipping orders of 10 to 10,000 items in seven warehouses in states including Nevada, California, and Texas in the initial phase.“Right now it is really important that we invest in the right growth opportunities for the future and not necessarily take our foot off the gas,” says Harley Finkelstein, Shopify’s chief operating officer.Many merchants prefer using Shopify because they can create a brand on their own website, rather than being subsumed into an Amazon-style marketplace. The new fulfillment service will also let them slap their brand on the shipping cartons, something some fulfillment companies don’t offer.Kostick, who also sells his products on Amazon and uses its fulfillment network says the U.S. company provides access to one of the fastest-growing distribution channels for beauty products in the U.S., but Shopify offers more control.“You can customize your own website however you want,” he says. “Basically, you’re empowered.”Jennifer Harper, who also sells sustainable cosmetics through Shopify, says she will wait until Shopify sorts out any kinks before trying the fulfillment service. Others say it could be difficult and expensive to get out of existing contracts with standalone services in the short term.Happy MerchantsShopify says it could eventually build its own warehouses. While Shopify’s finance chief, Amy Shapero, has said that the company will be able to offset the cost with fees for the new service, some analysts say revenue will be limited at first because Shopify will need to offer discounts to lure merchants.Amazon may have little to fear from Canada’s most valuable tech company at this point. Still, Shopify offers a serious alternative to the Seattle leviathan.“Amazon is all about trying to satisfy the customer,” says Anurag Rana, a senior analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “They do whatever they can in their power to squeeze money out of the merchants to give it to customers. Shopify is the exact opposite. They will do whatever it takes to help the merchant and maximize their profit.”(Updates with share price and market cap in seventh paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Simran Jagdev in Toronto at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jacqueline Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org, ;Jillian Ward at email@example.com, Robin AjelloFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Canada’s Shopify Inc., an e-commerce company that went public four years ago, is now more valuable than Manulife Financial Corp. and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce -- two financial institutions that have been around for more than a century.Shopify eclipsed the financial heavyweights in market value on Wednesday after announcing plans to spend $1 billion setting up a network of fulfillment centers in the U.S. and upgrades to its tools merchants use to sell products.Shopify traded at C$438.24 a share at 1 p.m. in Toronto on Thursday, giving it a market value of C$48.8 billion ($36.9 billion) and making the 12th biggest publicly traded company in Canada. Manulife was at C$46.7 billion and CIBC at C$46.4 billion.The Ottawa-based company has surged 132% this year, the top-performer on the S&P/TSX and a bigger advance than any stock on the S&P 500.To contact the reporter on this story: Simran Jagdev in Toronto at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jacqueline Thorpe at email@example.com, ;Jillian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, David ScanlanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
OTTAWA/TORONTO, June 12 (Reuters) - A Canadian advisory council studying prescription drug coverage said on Wednesday the federal government should create a C$15.3 billion ($11.5 billion) universal, single-payer public pharmacare system, and warned that the current system requires a major overhaul. Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that does not include universal coverage for prescription drugs. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has promised some kind of national pharmacare program, and its approach may be a key issue in the country's October election.
Manulife Financial Corp NYSE:MFCView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for MFC with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting MFC. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold MFC had net inflows of $1.21 billion over the last one-month. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Financials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
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