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Amazon Contemplating An Offer For Peloton, So Is Nike, Claims Reports

Amazon Contemplating An Offer For Peloton, So Is Nike, Claims Reports
Peloton Interactive Inc has attracted interest from potential purchasers, including e-commerce behemoth Inc, as the exercise bike company struggles to maintain pandemic-fueled expansion, according to reports quoting sources familiar with the situation.
Peloton's stock soared 30 per cent in extended trading following the announcement, which came days after activist investor Blackwells Capital asked the company's board to sell it.
According to the reports, Amazon is considering an offer for Peloton and is consulting with experts on whether and how to proceed. According to the source, Peloton has not yet chosen whether or not to pursue a sale.
Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported late Friday that NikeInc, a sportswear firm, is considering an offer for Peloton, citing people familiar with the situation who claimed the discussions are preliminary and that Nike has not spoken to Peloton.
Peloton and Nike did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters, and Amazon declined to comment.
During the Covid-19 lockdowns, Peloton's sales skyrocketed, with many people picking up home workout equipment. However, as vaccination rates rose, gyms reopened, and competitors provided more competitive products, the company's fortunes began to decline.
Its market value has plummeted to approximately $8 billion from a peak of over $52 billion in early 2021 after it signaled in November that demand for its exercise bikes and treadmills was slowing quicker than planned.
Peloton's market value might hit $10 billion if the stock's advances continue on Monday.
Last week, Blackwells Financing demanded that Peloton's board of directors dismiss CEO John Foley immediately, accusing him of making transactions with high fixed costs and retaining enormous inventory while misleading investors about the company's need for capital.
Foley was chastised by Blackwells for, among other things, recruiting his wife as a top employee and signing a 300,000-square-foot, 20-year lease for office space in New York.
According to Reuters, the investment group led by Jason Aintabi has also pushed the board to sell the company to a bidder such as Walt Disney Co, Apple Inc, Sony Group, or Nike Inc.
Peloton has sought to mitigate the impact to its growth by lowering the price of its popular bike and increasing marketing advertising, but the company's growth has remained flat.
Following reports that it was temporarily pausing production of linked fitness bikes and treadmills due to a major reduction in demand, Peloton announced last month that it was examining the size of its employees and "resetting" production levels. find out more
While many investors have become upset with Peloton due to a sharp drop in its stock price, experts also note that the company's two classes of shares, which essentially allow insiders to control it, may make it a challenging acquisition target.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news.
The growing popularity of fitness bands has prompted tech titans like Apple Inc. and Samsung to include health-tracking features such as an electrocardiogram and a blood pressure sensor. Owned by Alphabet Inc. Fitbit Inc, a fitness tracking firm, was acquired by Google in January.
Following blockbuster reports this week, tech behemoths like Amazon and Alphabet have seen their stock prices surge. Amazon achieved the greatest ever one-day increase in worth a day after Facebook owner Meta Platforms experienced the largest ever one-day loss of stock market value for a US firm.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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