June 16, 2020
As of this morning writing on June 16, WW stock (WW) is up nearly 17%, due to positive news.
WW issued an update on its Q2 fiscal 2020 trends to date, which reflects a strong digital business, courtesy of the social distancing and the company’s focus on digital transformation.
As of Jun 6, 2020, WW International had 4.9 subscribers, reflecting a 7% rise from Jun 8, 2019. This includes 3.8 million and 1.1 million digital and Studio + Digital subscribers, respectively. Notably, weekly Digital recruitment trends reverted to growth starting mid-April and have been accelerating since then. In fact, the weekly recruitment growth rate is now moving ahead of the pre-pandemic level of first-quarter fiscal 2020.
Thanks to the rise in digital recruitments, total global recruitments also reverted to growth (on a weekly basis) from mid-May. The shift in recruitment mix shows strength in the Digital business, including about 90% of recruits since mid-March. Meanwhile, the Studio + Digital business is still seeing significant recruitment declines (on a weekly basis) in comparison with the year-ago period. Management notified that member retention rate presently remains more than ten months.
Management expects to see a year-over-year jump in Digital Subscription revenues, as a percentage of the revenue mix, in the second quarter. Revenues coming from Studio subscriptions and in-Studio products remain under pressure in the second quarter due to a halt in in-person workshops and lower Studio-related revenues.
WW International also noted that it has started reopening Studio locations in a phased manner and anticipates reopening about 400 U.S. locations by June-end.
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- Commercial chains… Revenues of the major commercial weight loss chains such as WW, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast and others are forecast to dip 2.3% to $3.9 billion in 2020. WW Intl. and Medifast are expected to post the best results, while Jenny Craig may be hardest hit.
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