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Analysis of Adidas share price

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Adidas improves its full-year forecast for 2021

17/05/2021 - 12h10

German equipment manufacturer Adidas has had a strong start to the year. It recorded solid results in the first quarter of 2021. This has allowed it to improve its outlook for the current fiscal year.

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We also know that the Adidas group tends to develop in new markets around the world. This strategy should pay off quickly since the markets of developed countries are currently overrun by very strong competition.

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In addition, Adidas is doing everything it can to expand its product portfolio. It's looking to meet new needs and reaching a broader target of prospects.

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Finally, the Adidas group plans to invest more in research and development.

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First of all, the competition that the Adidas brand has to face, despite its strong global reputation is an important point. It's important to monitor the evolution of the market share of its main competitor, the Nike group, which is currently the leader in this sector of activity.

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The increased bargaining powers of subcontractors in the Adidas group is also a real threat to its long-term profitability. The company subcontracts almost all of its production.

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Finally, the Adidas group could suffer the consequences of certain government regulations (import tax), in particular due to the share of its products made in China and in Asia in general.

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General presentation of Adidas

Although the Adidas group no longer really needs an introduction in view of its worldwide popularity, here is some interesting information about its activity. Adidas is one of the largest designers, manufacturers and retailers of sporting goods and equipment worldwide. But its activity is divided into different distinct sectors.

First, there are shoes, then clothing, and finally a small percentage of sports equipment. Adidas' turnover is mainly achieved in Europe and North America.

The Adidas share is now listed on the German Xetra market and is naturally included the calculation of the DAX 30 index.

Analysis of Adidas share price
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The major competitors of Adidas

A good understanding of the Adidas Group's competitors is essential for good analysis of this stock. This is why we are now proposing to find out who are the main opponents of this group in its sector of activity:

Puma SE

Of course, the Puma Group is a serious competitor of the Adidas Group because it is historically linked to it. Indeed, this German company specialising in the manufacture of sports goods was founded in 1948 by Rudolf Dassler, the older brother of Adol Dassler who created Adidas. The group is now based in Bavaria and was a subsidiary of the French group Kering until 2018. Puma is also a world-renowned brand that is sold in over 120 countries around the world. It is the third largest sports equipment manufacturer in the world behind Nike and Adidas. The group has had a head office in France since 1987 near Strasbourg.

Nike

The second major competitor of Adidas is the giant Nike, an American company created in 1971 by Philip Knight and Bill Bowerman and based in Beaverton, Oregon. The group specialises in the manufacture and sale of sports goods, including footwear, clothing and sports equipment. The Nike brand is well known throughout the world, thanks in particular to its easily recognisable logo and its quality marketing campaigns. The group is now the largest sports equipment manufacturer in the world in terms of turnover, ahead of Adidas, which is in second place. More than half of its sales are generated outside the US.

Bata

Still among the competitors of the Adidas group, we can also count the Bata Shoes group which is a company of Czech origin specialising in the manufacture and sale of all types of footwear and whose head office is based in Lausanne in Switzerland. The company was founded in 1894 in Zlin, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was founded by Thomas Bata, a man who came from a family of shoemakers that had been in business for several generations. The Bata company created at the time was a modern industrial enterprise inspired by the model of Henry Ford's automobile companies, with a housing estate for its employees and an infrastructure that enabled it to quickly become one of the leaders in shoe production.

Fila

Finally, we will also consider the competition from the Fila group. This brand is an Italian brand created in Biella in Piedmont in 1911 by the brothers Ettore and Giansevero Fila. It specialises in sportswear and footwear. This company, which was once a simple woolen mill, quickly became one of the leaders in its sector. In the 1950s, the company's factory became a large factory specialising in underwear before finally moving into the sportswear segment.


The major partners of Adidas

Adidas has also set up several strategic partnerships in the past few years which are detailed below.

Samsung

The Adidas group recently formed a joint venture with Samsung in order to develop the Micoach app, a workout and coaching system with personalized training plans aimed at competing with Nike +.

Nike

To remedy the shortage of shirts for the French team, Nike, the official supplier of "les Bleus", decided to partner with Adidas in 2014.

Wanda

German sports equipment giant Adidas entered into an agreement with Wanda, the conglomerate controlled by Wang Jianlin, the richest man in China, to sponsor sporting events, promote football and basketball and open stores in Wanda shopping centres.

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The factors in favour of a rise in the Adidas share price:

First of all, bear in mind that the Adidas brand is a very old brand which was launched in 1949 and very quickly encountered significant success. This long experience makes Adidas an emblematic brand, anchored in popular memory while remaining above all a young and dynamic brand.

The Adidas group can also count on the very diverse portfolio of products to boost its sales. Adidas offers a very wide range of sports footwear along with sports accessories which it markets both under the Adidas brand for the Premium range and under the Reebok brand for the mid-range.

Investors and shareholders who are interested in this share also appreciate the solid and stable financial situation of the company. Thanks to its network of over4,000 stores around the world and always very satisfactory annual results, Adidas can indeed pride itself of a financial position deemed excellent by analysts.

As pointed out above, the Adidas group also has a large network of stores in different countries of the world. But the group can also count on its online stores and numerous resellers to further increase its revenue. Overall, the group has succeeded in creating a complex but formidable distribution network to sell its products through different channels.

A large part of the Adidas group's marketing strategy is also based on sponsorship. The brand has always sought to sponsor famous people or prestigious sports organizations such as the NBA and is also very well represented at major world sporting events such as the Olympic Games. Thanks to this quality communication, Adidas manages to reach various consumers and strengthen its brand image with the general public.

Finally, as we saw above, Adidas also relies on multiple partnerships and alliances with other companies along with more specific areas such as sustainable development. As a result, the group approached the International Labor Organization which has given Adidas an undeniable advantage over its competitors by creating a sustainable company.

The factors in favour of a drop in the Adidas share price:

First of all, bear in bear that the products sold under the Adidas brand remain relatively expensive. Adidas focuses on quality products using innovative technology above all. Because of this and also because of a relatively expensive production mode, the group is unable to position itself with part of the clientele or in certain specific markets such as emerging markets and developing countries.

The production of Adidas group footwear and sports accessories is also outsourced by over 93%. The group uses subcontractors mainly located in Asia in order to reduce its production costs and benefit from more available resources. But the decision to outsource the major part of its production also leads to a strong dependence of the group regarding the subcontractors. In addition, the quality of products manufactured abroad is currently suffering from the increasingly critical view of consumers in developed countries, which could harm the business in the long term.

Finally, although the Adidas group has a varied product portfolio, it only has two brands, Adidas and Reebok, which represents a limit to its offer and therefore to its sales, while some of its direct competitors have many more.

The information supplied here is only for indicative purposes and should not be used without the completion of a comprehensive and complete fundamental analysis of this asset notably taking into account exterior data, future publications and announcements and all fundamental events and news that could influence the strengths and weaknesses or make them more or less significant. This information does not in any way constitute recommendations relating to the completion of transactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Adidas' lobbying activities?

Adidas is active in lobbying the institutions of the European Union and the United States. In Europe, Adidas has been registered since 2016 in the register of interest representatives at the European Commission, with expenditures between 400,000 and 500,000 euros in 2015. As for the United States, Adidas has declared, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, lobbying expenses of $40,000 in 2015.

What is the trend direction of Adidas' share price?

When looking at the historical stock charts of Adidas' share price, we can see that the Adidas share follows a clear long-term upward trend. Thus, its performance over the last five years has been +247.53%. Over the last three years, the performance increased to 42.98% and over two years, it was 30.54%. However, in the shorter term, negative performance is observed with a loss of 13.47% in 2019.

What events should I follow to trade Adidas shares?

To carry out your analysis of the Adidas share price and anticipate future trends, you can of course follow the company's key events. These may include partnerships with other companies, the creation of new products or the publication of interesting financial or strategic information. You will find the most interesting news to analyze on the official website of this company.

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