Schwab Raises Debt To Restructure

Financial services company Charles Schwab is back under pressure today after announcing a significant restructuring. Like other stocks caught up in the “regional banking crisis” earlier this year, it has not fully recovered its decline and is now resuming lower. 📉

Yesterday it announced plans to shutter or downsize some real estate holdings and cut employee headcount to save at least $500 million annually. It’s also issuing 11-year debt at roughly 2% above Treasuries for “general corporate purposes,” as it’s estimating $400 to $500 million in restructuring costs in the year ahead. 

Investors remain concerned that competition from higher-yielding products is stealing deposits from Schwab and its competitors. Additionally, the firm reported lower net flows of client money as it integrated TD Ameritrade into its business. 💸

It’s not the only financial services giant to issue debt recently, as Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Huntington Bancshares, and others have tapped the bond market recently. The entire sector remains under pressure for a variety of reasons. For example, today, S&P Global joined Moody’s in cutting several regional lenders’ credit ratings due to high commercial real estate (CRE) exposure. 🔻

$SCHW shares fell another 5% and are down about 20% over the past month as investors reassess the company’s overall financial health. 🕵️‍♂️

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Lucid Lingers Near Its Lows

Shares of luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid Group continue to linger near all-time lows after disappointing third-quarter productions and delivery data. 📋

Before the opening bell, it disclosed that it produced 1,550 vehicles during the third quarter, down 28.7% QoQ and 32.1% YoY. It also had more than 700 vehicles in transit for final assembly. As for deliveries, they were up 3.8% QoQ and 4.2% YoY to 1,457 vehicles. 🏭

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Blue Apron’s Final Delivery

Meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron is finally ending its six-year run on the public markets, making one final delivery to investors today. 📦

In that delivery was news that the company is selling to Wonder Group, the food-delivery startup led by former Walmart executive Marc Lore. In return, shareholders will receive $13 in cash per share, representing a whopping 130% premium to Thursday’s closing price and valuing the company at $103 million. 💵

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Volkswagen Fails To Compete

It’s been a rough year for automakers, which continued today with Germany’s Volkswagen. 😨

The automobile company owns several brands, including Porsche, Audi, and its original brand, Volkswagen. However, the company’s CEO told staff at an internal meeting that its original brand is “no longer competitive” and that cuts are coming.

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Canon Pivots From Pics To Chips

The Japanese conglomerate is best known for its printers and cameras but hopes a business pivot will help get its stock price going again. 💡

Today, the company launched a tool that helps manufacture the most advanced semiconductors. Its “nanoimprint lithography” (NIL) system is the company’s attempt to compete with Dutch firm ASML, which leads the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machine industry. 

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