Allbirds Is Already Overvalued at Expected IPO Valuation

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Allbirds (BIRD) is expected to go public in the coming weeks with an expected valuation of roughly $2 billion, which would earn the stock our Unattractive rating.

In our view, Allbirds is not worth anywhere near $2 billion, a valuation that implies Allbird’s revenue will grow over five times current levels, and that the company will become more profitable than all of its competitors, which is all highly unlikely.

We think the stock might be worth as little as $119 million, as it faces steep competition from established companies such as Nike (NKE), Adidas (ADDYY), and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

While Allbirds is a brand known for its sustainability and eco-friendly operations, Allbirds is struggling to scale its business as revenue from new customers declined year-over-year in 2020 and the company hasn’t ever been profitable. Allbirds losses will only get worse as it heavily invests in a costly brick-and-mortar strategy to complement its digital strategy.

Also, ESG investors shouldn’t overlook Allbirds’ poor corporate governance.

Our IPO research aims to provide investors with more reliable fundamental research.

Allbirds Is Not Profitable

Allbirds admits in its S-1, “We have incurred significant net losses since inception, and anticipate that we will continue to incur losses for the foreseeable future.”

Even after sales benefited from demand for casual clothing and footwear, spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Core Earnings[1] fell from -$9 million in 2019 to -$26 million in 2020.

Figure 1: Allbird’s Revenue & Core Earnings: 2019-2020

Allbird’s Revenue & Core Earnings: 2019-2020

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Top-Line Growth Is Decelerating

Allbirds’ digital sales growth, while above U.S. online shoe sales growth, is slowing quickly. The firm’s digital sales grew 42% YoY in 2019, but just 21% in 2020. The firm’s total YoY revenue growth fell from 54% in 2019 to just 13% in 2020.  For reference, the more mature, casual footwear maker Crocs’ (CROX) revenue also grew 13% YoY in 2020. More concerning for a firm seeking to take market share, Allbirds is having difficulty drawing new customers to its brand. Sales from new customers fell from $105 million in 2019 to $103 million in 2020.

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This article originally published on September 23, 2021.

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[1] Only Core Earnings enable investors to overcome the flaws in legacy fundamental research, as proven by The Journal of Financial Economics.

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