LQR House (NasdaqGM: LQR) scored a major milestone last week, securing a listing on the NasdaqGM. While shares have zig-zagged since, the over 40% surge on its listing debut exposed that there is quite a bit of enthusiasm for what this company has to offer. Yes, shares traded lower into Friday. But that’s been a familiar pattern of late, with short-selling investors feasting on newly listed companies with low floats and lower liquidity. However, short-term gains from that strategy can and often do lead to long-term pain, especially when squeezed by companies that are doing more than generating revenues but also changing a sector landscape. LQR checks those boxes.
And investors responded. LQR stock soared to over $7 a share on its opening day before retreating into the close. That action made it one of the most exciting new listings of the summer, and deservedly so. The spirits sector, Anheuser Busch (NYSE: BUD) aside, has been on fire in recent weeks as many smaller brands jockey for market share in play from the lost leadership position of Bud Light. Remember, moving the needle toward profitability for smaller and emerging brands doesn’t take a lot. That includes LQR, whose mission is to become the digital face of the alcohol space, puts that EPS expectation in its crosshairs. And with only about 10 million shares outstanding, investors caught on the wrong side of this trade could find their short position treading against a formidable bullish stampede.
That’s not an overly optimistic presumption. LQR intends to grow bigger faster by capitalizing on its mastery of digital technology to fuel growth throughout the entire sales channel. That includes trying to make money every step through that process by maximizing efficiencies in supply, sales, and distribution channels.
A Case Supporting Bullish Sentiment
In its case, LQR differences can be advantages, especially those resulting from LQR utilizing the power of digital to create efficient business models that facilitate revenues falling faster to its bottom line. By implementing ways to change the face of the spirits sector, replacing the old and tired with fresh and new, that could happen faster than many think. Those following headlines know that companies maximizing the value inherent to digital technology are growing more quickly than those that don’t.
Of course, there needs to be a method supporting the initiatives. LQR also checks that box by leveraging “digital” in the right way to more efficiently manage supply and sales chain channels in the spirits beverage market. By doing so, LQR is positioned for near and long-term growth, not only in revenues, but they expect to be profitable sooner than later.
The excellent news for investors is that getting to that point is a mission in progress. Unlike many newly listed companies, LQR generates stable sales, is recession-proof, and benefits from all seasonal changes. In other words, there’s never really a slow time for spirit sales. Better yet, for companies like LQR House, who are disruptive instead of one of the herd, any time is the right time to apply a better business model, especially a digital one that can revolutionize how brands operate and how consumers discover them.
Changing The Competitive Landscape
Revolution is a vital part of LQR’s mission. And their ground work completed is doing more than disrupting traditional sales and marketing models; it’s contributing to reshaping the conventional approaches through a reimagined strategy to market and distribute products. That’s made possible by an expanding network and strengthened infrastructure that leans into partnerships, maximizes novel ways to engage consumers, and takes advantage of efficient pathways to build client count and market share.
Moreover, LQR maximizes the proper channels to generate and increase brand exposure through distinctive methodology, providing an appealing introduction to cutting-edge emerging spirits and wines and then bolstered through a vast influencer network. From there, LQR seamlessly connects brands to their sales platform, ensuring and maintaining product visibility and adding to the potential to achieve substantial product and category growth.
There’s plenty of opportunity. Seizing it, LQR has positioned itself ideally to capitalize on and maximize revenue-generating opportunities from a spirits industry that has exploded in size. Much of that growth comes from the surge in smaller “micro” brands that produce high-quality, attractively packaged products that reach targeted demographics. Emerging products and brands are just part of what’s contributing to the resurgence of younger generations drinking harder spirits. A more significant contributor to sector growth is that companies have learned how to get their new products into consumers’ hands. LQR House is one of them.
One-Stop Shop In A Booming Sector
LQR has transformed into a one-stop shop for everything related to the booming spirits sector. That includes actively creating value by acquiring, building, marketing, and distributing premium brands through its exclusive online networks. Combining the assets, which contribute differently, LQR, despite its smallcap size, could have the inherent strength to disrupt the status quo and simultaneously become a sector powerhouse by leveraging the power inherent to e-commerce and digital channels.
That’s not an unsupported proposition. While getting there may take time, from an investor’s perspective, taking advantage of an LQR share price weaker than its IPO may be a wise consideration. Higher prices in the coming days may still represent bargain prices. Why so bullish? Because LQR has styled its operations to embrace the digital age, giving it a head start on maximizing the potential of doing business more user-friendly and efficiently.
Yes, the behemoth competitors like Anheuser Busch, Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP), and Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) can shift strategies, but they are massive ships to turn. For them, it takes time. That gap in time provides LQR a chance to earn an appreciable competitive advantage. Of course, LQR earning a leadership position will take more than a strategy; they need the right products. That’s a box LQR checks with products like Soleil Vino and SWOL Tequila, epitomizing its non-commodity-styled approach of providing premium products that pay attention to consumer demands.
Brands, Partnerships, And Technology To Drive Revenues Higher
Other represented brands are equally impressive, which are controlled through LQR through an approved marketing agreement providing them exclusive marketing rights with CWSpirits.com, including exclusive rights to market on the CWS platform, sell marketing placements to other brands, and establish a network of social media influencers to further drive revenue.
LQR makes money in other ways as well. Brands pay LQR to design comprehensive marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness and online sales through exclusive marketing channels. Those include premium placements and services related to E-commerce, brick-and-mortar, importing, direct-to-consumer, and business-to-business. Its brick-and-mortar placements span seven locations across San Diego, and its Country Wine & Spirits revenue is currently generating millions in revenues. Similar results are expected through its import channels, noting its strong working relationship with a producer in Jalisco, Mexico, which produces its exclusive SWOL Tequila blends. That’s not all.
Additional value accrues from LQR’s exclusive partnership with CWSpirits. That relationship allows LQR to ship the most popular and hard-to-find bottles and brands not only across the United States but directly to a consumer’s home. Of course, B2B business is also expected to ramp from LQR providing volume discounts, vast selection, corporate client reach, and relationships with some of the largest companies in the sector.
Maximizing The Potential Of E-commerce
LQR’s relationships are more than static value drivers; they fuel its e-commerce segment, which is doing incredibly well through its partner website and online ads, leading to thousands of unique weekly sales. LQR noted it’s earning an impressive ROI of 6X from its e-commerce segment. While impressive, LQR expects it’s revenue-generating trajectory to steepen. That happening won’t be through coincidence.
LQR intends to accelerate growth by leveraging decades of experience in spirits, finance, technology, marketing, and distribution. That expert team gets a head start from promoting proprietary brands in demand and managing an impressive pipeline and acquisition opportunities. Adding more value is LQR’s innovations in branding and packaging, which help its products get positioned in high-growth, stable, and mature industry segments. Factor in industry relationships to advance its brands, and LQR exemplifies what a recipe for business success looks like. It also helps to have a clearly defined financial vision and simple capital structure that can attract an investor base and, as importantly, keep them satisfied by providing ample disclosure.
Its mission is ambitious, but its goals are reachable from LQR staying committed to revolutionizing parts of the alcohol industry and leveraging the value of relationships that bring decades of industry experience. When these parts work together, LQR House believes it will be the new full-service digital marketing and brand development face of the alcoholic beverage space. They are making strides to get there. In fact, LQR boasts its primary business already includes the development of premium, limited batch spirit brands, establishing an exclusive wine club, and marketing internal and external brands through its agreement with CWSpirits.
Investors should appreciate the connection to CWS. The CWS platform is one of the largest online liquor retailers in the United States, curating an assortment of the most popular SKUs. The best part of the CWS platform is that it gets over 2.5 million unique views per month, which is more than a revenue driver; it supports that the platform is durable and efficient in handling mass volume.
Attracting Millions Of Eyes
That’s an important factor, considering LQR’s approach to building shareholder value includes leveraging the combined power of influencer and online marketing. The particulars of how they’ll achieve that growth separate them from competitors. For instance, while other companies use influencers, a differentiating part of LQR’s strategy is to tap beyond single influencer marketing and into a combined network of influencers. That difference can have an exponential impact on marketing reach. Currently, LQR’s influencer network is 255 strong, more than ample to create viral campaigns and generate enormous consumer interest. But here’s the kicker.
While its influencer list is impressive, consider their impact this way: Its “combined” influencer network following is over 38.4 million strong. And from a collective “like” perspective, LQR benefits from over 559 million generated. Those metrics combine well into a recipe for success. Those totals are from March 2023. But as LQR continues to make strides by using its fresh capital, expect those impressive numbers to rise. LQR does.
In fact, they expect all parts of their company to grow in the back half of 2023. That expectation results from more than assets to fuel growth; they are also positioned to achieve it. Thus, short-term share price fluctuations, up or down, don’t tell the boots-on-the-ground story. From a current perspective, LQR is better positioned than ever to turn ambition into higher revenues. More often than not, that makes a company stock’s path of least resistance higher. LQR House’s included.
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