Iconic Italian Supercar maker Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE)market value soared to $30-B in May, surpassing market values of the larger automakers, such as Detroit’s General Motors (NYSE:GM), Ford (NYSE:F), and its former parent, Fiat-Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU).
At a time when economies and societies around the world have been thrown into chaos over the outbreak of C-19 coronavirus, investors find the high-end luxury sports car maker a good bet.
The company has big margins around 24%, a strong racing heritage and a brand admired around the world.
Its market capitalization is roughly 3X the $12-B value that Ferrari’s late former Chairman/CEO Sergio Marchionne estimated the company was worth prior to its IPO. At the time, some analysts thought the company was worth about 50% of Mr. Marchionne’s estimate.
When Ferrari went public in October of Y 2015, it had a market value of $9.8-B. Ferrari finalized the spin-off from FCA in early Y 2016.
Mr. Marchionne believed Ferrari’s value would be driven by its golden brand. Selling cars, he said, was “almost incidental” to Ferrari’s value.
The company has long marked its brand on merchandise, such as clothing and watches. It even has its own theme parks in Abu Dhabi and Spain.
But leveraging the brand to sell fashion or other goods is risky, Ferrari has acknowledged. But Ferrari will not brand low level merch to sell in any of its 22 stores worldwide.
Analysts who follow the company say it takes a disciplined approach to merchandising, and choosing partners and products carefully.
For example, Ferrari formed a partnership with high-end Italian clothier Giorgio Armani in Y 2019 who is designing a complete Ferrari line and took an equity position in the company, Giorgio Armani has no heirs.
Deals like that allow Ferrari to leverage its brand while maintaining its prestige and staying to its luxury Italian heritage.
Our overall technical outlook is Bullish in here, as all Key indicators are Bullish to Very Bullish as it approaches its all time highs at 179.21 marked on 18 February 2020.
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) finished Thursday at 165.39, -10.29 in NY.
The Maranello Outfit’s shares were raised to Buy from Hold at HSBC.
Ferrari will continue to create value in the long term. Ferrari is a quality 1st long term luxury products investment, and I have called it at it at 200+/share long term, adjusting it to 200/share short term (after the virus) and siding with BAML to 230 long term for now. The stock is now considered defensive in the sector.
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