🐝 Bumble swipes right on IPO

Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Robinhood Snacks | Disclosures

"I just didn't feel a strong WiFi connection with him"

Dow Jones
29,100 (+1.59%)
S&P 500
3,581 (+1.54%)
Nasdaq
12,056 (+0.98%)
Bitcoin
$11,346 (-5.31%)
10-Yr US Treasury
0.644%

Hey Snackers,

"We just passed a guy in a jet pack" — 0% fazed. Two airline pilots on separate flights reported seeing a man flying 3K feet above Los Angeles. The FBI is investigating.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq hit a fresh all-time high yesterday and the Dow notched its highest close since February 20th.

Swipe
1. Bumble is reportedly planning to IPO — let's talk dating in corona-times

Your move, girl... Bumble, the dating app where women have to make the first move, is open to pursuing a public relationship with investors (opposite of going "exclusive"). The beehive-themed dating & networking company is reportedly planning to IPO at a $6B-$8B valuation in early 2021. Dating is hard — it's even harder during a world-shattering pandemic:

  • No more Friday dinner night out: Instead, you're eating TJ’s pad thai in bed while aggressively swiping. That drives engagement for Bumble and Tinder/Hinge-owner Match.
  • No more eye contact across the dance floor: Global online dating was up 82% in March, as you made eye contact with 837 Tinder profile pics instead.
  • No more physical connection: All you need is a strong WiFi connection. Bumble video chat usage soared 93% after a national emergency was declared.

It's a great time to DTR... with investors. While in-person meetups are dead, the need for looove isn't. So dating apps are thriving. Both Bumble and its publicly-traded rival Match make most of their $$$ from paid subscriptions (Bumble Boost, Tinder Plus) – these have grown during the pandemic.

  • Match stock has soared almost 700% since its 2015 IPO, and 40% since January alone.
  • Bumble now has over 100M users worldwide — it's hoping public investors will want to match with it, too.
THE TAKEAWAY

Online Dating’s stigma is gone, thanks to COVID... We've gone from "we met at a bar" lies to Bumble-themed weddings where you swipe to RSVP (#loveatfirstswipe). There's now more stigma around going to a bar than video chatting with a stranger on Tinder. ~40% of all relationships in the US start online. Since the chances of meeting someone in person are slimmer than ever, that number will likely jump faster. Bumble could find long-term love on the public market.

Order

They never have free samples anyway... Just one day after Walmart unveiled its Amazon Prime competitor Walmart+, Amazon is one-upping its grocery rival (claaaassic Bezos). On Tuesday, the Zon will open its 1st online-only Whole Foods store in Brooklyn. It's basically a Whole Foods that you're not allowed in (no Nuts & Seeds section "browsing"). It'll only be used by Amazon employees to fulfill e-grocery orders in the area.

  • Amazon operates over 500 Whole Foods, offering online grocery delivery from its stores.
  • Amazon's online grocery sales tripled last quarter, because, quarantine.

Getting some bang for its billions... Amazon acquired Whole Foods in 2017 for nearly $14B to sow its grocery oats. That acquisition has lettuce down. Amazon hasn't done much with it besides giving Prime members free grocery delivery and 10% off sale items. But this "Ghost Grocery" warehouse concept could speed up deliveries and ensure that the maple almond butter you want is in stock — instead of asking if you want PB, instead.

THE TAKEAWAY

This could be Amazon’s big grocery advantage... over Instacart, Walmart, and DoorDash. E-grocery shoppers have to go into stores just like you and us to pick out your goodies before delivering them — that's not very efficient.

  • Speed: All that pushing between shopping carts, little kids, and cheese-gawkers slows the process down. That doesn't happen in a Ghost Grocery.
  • Reliability: In regular stores, there's a decent likelihood that the pesto you ordered is gone. In Ghost Groceries, supplies are closely monitored (and no one storms the pasta aisle).
  • Price: This more efficient fulfillment method could allow Amazon to lower prices or rake in more profit.
What else we’re Snackin’
  • King: DraftKings stock jumped 8% on word that Michael Jordan is taking an equity stake and becoming a special adviser.
  • Play: Lego stacked up some strong earnings — sales jumped 14% as you tried to entertain your home-bound child (or yourself).
  • Bag: Bloomingdale's owner Macy's posted a $431M loss, but said Bloomies is "having a moment" while other department stores suffer.
  • Cut: United plans to cut over 16K jobs when federal bailout $$$ expires — much less than the 36K it warned could be laid off.
  • Banned: India bans Baidu and 100 other apps linked to China, in addition to the 50+ Chinese apps it banned in June (including TikTok).

🍪 Thanks for Snacking with us! Want to share the Snacks? Invite your friends to sign up here.

Snacks Daily Podcast

Brown Forman's alcohol is in your parents’ liquor cabinet and in your spring break suitcase. The liquor legend behind Jack Daniels makes everything from fancy Woodford Reserve bourbon to $12 Finlandia vodka.

Tune into our buzzy 15-minute pod to hear why its bourbon sales illustrate the K-shaped economic recovery on everyone's lips.

Thursday

Disclosure: Authors of this Snacks own shares of Amazon and Walmart

ID: 1321426

Subscribe to Robinhood Snacks

Our Editorial Principles
Robinhood Financial LLC and Robinhood Crypto, LLC are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc. Equities and options are offered to self-directed customers by Robinhood Financial. Robinhood Financial is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which protects securities customers of its members up to $500,000 (including $250,000 for claims for cash). Explanatory brochure available upon request or at www.sipc.org. Cryptocurrency trading is offered through an account with Robinhood Crypto. Robinhood Crypto is not a member of FINRA or SIPC. Cryptocurrencies are not stocks and your cryptocurrency investments are not protected by either FDIC or SIPC insurance.

Getting “early access” to options or Web is defined as signing up with a valid email address for a spot in Robinhood Financial’s respective waitlist queues for Web or for options. Getting “early access” to Robinhood Crypto is defined as signing up with a valid email address for a spot in Robinhood Crypto’s waitlist queue. Early access to the waitlist for Web, options, or Robinhood Crypto should in no way be construed as confirmation that a brokerage account with Robinhood Financial has been opened or will even be approved for opening. Priority may be given to Robinhood Gold subscribers and existing customers of Robinhood Financial.

Free trading of stocks and options refers to $0 commissions for Robinhood Financial self-directed individual cash or margin brokerage accounts that trade U.S. listed securities via mobile devices or Web. Relevant SEC & FINRA fees may apply. Please see the Fee Schedule.

Robinhood Financial is currently registered in the following jurisdictions. This is not an offer, solicitation of an offer, or advice to buy or sell securities, or open a brokerage account in any jurisdiction where Robinhood Financial is not registered. Additional information about your broker can be found by clicking here.

Margin trading involves interest charges and risks, including the potential to lose more than deposited or the need to deposit additional collateral in a falling market. Before using margin, customers must determine whether this type of trading strategy is right for them given their specific investment objectives, experience, risk tolerance, and financial situation. For more information please see Robinhood Financial’s Margin Disclosure Statement, Margin Agreement and FINRA Investor Information. These disclosures contain information on Robinhood Financial’s lending policies, interest charges, and the risks associated with margin accounts.

Investors should consider the investment objectives and unique risk profile of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) carefully before investing. ETFs are subject to risks similar to those of other diversified portfolios. Leveraged and Inverse ETFs may not be suitable for all investors and may increase exposure to volatility through the use of leverage, short sales of securities, derivatives and other complex investment strategies.

Although ETFs are designed to provide investment results that generally correspond to the performance of their respective underlying indices, they may not be able to exactly replicate the performance of the indices because of expenses and other factors. A prospectus contains this and other information about the ETF and should be read carefully before investing. Customers should obtain prospectuses from issuers and/or their third party agents who distribute and make prospectuses available for review. ETFs are required to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders at year end. These gains may be generated by portfolio rebalancing or the need to meet diversification requirements. ETF trading will also generate tax consequences. Additional regulatory guidance on Exchange Traded Products can be found by clicking here.

Options transactions may involve a high degree of risk. Please review the options disclosure document entitled the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options available through https://about.robinhood.com/legal or https://www.theocc.com to learn more about the risks associated with options trading.

The cash management program is expected to be offered by Robinhood Financial LLC. The cash management program, when operational, will be an added program to Robinhood brokerage accounts and will not be a separate account or a bank account. Robinhood Financial will provide additional information on the cash management program once it is operational to help customers, including those with “early access,” to determine if they want to add the program to their brokerage account.

Robinhood Snacks newsletters and podcasts reflect the opinions of only the authors who are associated persons of Robinhood Financial LLC and do not reflect the views of Robinhood Markets, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates. They are meant for informational purposes only, are not intended to serve as a recommendation to buy or sell any security in a self-directed Robinhood account or any other account, and are not an offer or sale of a security. They are also not research reports and are not intended to serve as the basis for any investment decision. Any third-party information provided therein does not reflect the views of Robinhood Markets, Inc., Robinhood Financial LLC, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. All investments involve risk and the past performance of a security or financial product does not guarantee future results or returns. Keep in mind that while diversification may help spread risk, it does not assure a profit or protect against loss. There is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities or other financial products. Investors should consider their investment objectives and risks carefully before investing. The price of a given security may increase or decrease based on market conditions and customers may lose money, including their original investment. Robinhood Financial LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

Testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers and are not guarantees of future performance or success. Robinhood Financial LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

Third party information provided for product features, communications, and communications emanating from social media communities, market prices, data and other information available through Robinhood Markets, Inc., Robinhood Financial LLC or Robinhood Crypto, LLC are meant for informational purposes only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument or cryptocurrency or as an official confirmation of any transaction. The information provided is not warranted as to completeness or accuracy and is subject to change without notice. Any information about Robinhood Crypto on any Robinhood website (including www.robinhood.com and blog.robinhood.com), the Robinhood platform, e-mails, or any other communications, are meant for informational purposes only and are not intended as an offer, solicitation, or advertisement for Robinhood Crypto or any goods or services offered by Robinhood Crypto. The Robinhood website provides its users links to social media sites and email. The linked social media and email messages are pre-populated. However, these messages can be deleted or edited by users, who are under no obligation to send any pre-populated messages. Any comments or statements made herein do not reflect the views of Robinhood Markets Inc., Robinhood Financial LLC, Robinhood Crypto, LLC, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.

Investors should be aware that system response, execution price, speed, liquidity, market data, and account access times are affected by many factors, including market volatility, size and type of order, market conditions, system performance, and other factors.

All investments involve risk and the past performance of a security, or financial product does not guarantee future results or returns. Keep in mind that while diversification may help spread risk it does not assure a profit, or protect against loss, in a down market. There is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities, or other financial products. Investors should consider their investment objectives and risks carefully before investing.

Cryptocurrency is a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value, but it does not have legal tender status. Cryptocurrencies are sometimes exchanged for U.S. dollars or other currencies around the world, but they are not currently backed nor supported by any government or central bank. Their value is completely derived by market forces of supply and demand, and they are more volatile than traditional currencies. Trading in cryptocurrencies comes with significant risks, including volatile market price swings or flash crashes, market manipulation, and cybersecurity risks. In addition, cryptocurrency markets and exchanges are not regulated with the same controls or customer protections available in equity, option, futures, or foreign exchange investing. Cryptocurrency trading requires knowledge of cryptocurrency markets. In attempting to profit through cryptocurrency trading, you must compete with traders worldwide. You should have appropriate knowledge and experience before engaging in substantial cryptocurrency trading. Cryptocurrency trading may not generally be appropriate, particularly with funds drawn from retirement savings, student loans, mortgages, emergency funds, or funds set aside for other purposes. Cryptocurrency trading can lead to large and immediate financial losses. Under certain market conditions, you may find it difficult or impossible to liquidate a position quickly at a reasonable price. This can occur, for example, when the market for a particular cryptocurrency suddenly drops, or if trading is halted due to recent news events, unusual trading activity, or changes in the underlying cryptocurrency system. Several federal agencies have also published advisory documents surrounding the risks of virtual currency. For more information see, the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory, the CFTC’s Customer Advisory, the SEC’s Investor Alert, and FINRA’s Investor Alert.

Robinhood Crypto, LLC has a seller of payment instruments license in Georgia, with reference number 61417.

Robinhood Crypto, LLC has a money transmitter license in New Jersey, with reference number 1803456-C22.

Please note that an Alaska money transmission license does not cover the transmission of virtual currency.

Check the background of Robinhood Financial LLC and Robinhood Securities, LLC on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Robinhood Terms & Conditions    Disclosure Library    Contact Us    FAQ

© 2020 Robinhood. All rights reserved.