SharKNinja was founded in 1995 in Montreal, Canada, by Mark Rosenzweig with the objective to offer innovative products at great value. The company has since moved to Needham, Massachusetts.

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The company provides a diverse range of everyday products across four main categories: Cleaning Appliances, Cooking and Beverage Appliances, Food Preparation Appliances, and Other. To ensure success, the company focuses on four key areas: Innovation, Supply-Chain, Marketing, and Omni-channel distribution:

The innovation segment is supported by over 800 engineers and designers across global design teams in the US, UK, and China. It holds more than 4,500 patents and introduced 25 new products in 2023, including 20 within existing categories. SharkNinja operates in 32 markets across 31 sub-categories, maintains five innovation centers, and distributes its products through 150 retailers worldwide. Despite a strong focus on innovative product development, R&D expenses constitute only 5.9% of net sales, compared to 21.1% for marketing and 9.1% for general and administrative costs.

SharkNinja Investor Presentation March 2024

SharkNinja operates a diversified supplier network across Southeast Asia, with third-party suppliers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and China responsible for manufacturing and assembling 100% of its products.

It uses both long-form and short-form strategies for marketing purpose. While long-form content significantly boosted sales after its introduction in 2009, recent years have seen short-form storytelling become the primary revenue driver. The company leverages platforms like YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok (main one) to create engaging 15 and 30-second commercials. These efforts focus on building a community around its products and employing data-driven targeting to reach consumers more effectively.

SharkNinja Investor Presentation March 2024

The company employs an omni-channel distribution strategy that includes mass retail, department stores, specialty stores, and online platforms, focusing on generating consumer demand across diverse shopping environments.

SharkNinja Investor Presentation March 2024

SharkNinja achieved notable market share growth across various geographies from 2020 to 2023, successfully expanding in both higher and lower price segments across all product categories. It subscribes to a straightforward philosophy: increasing the number of retailers enhances product availability and boosts presence in existing stores. For instance, in the United States, SharkNinja's market share for air fryers climbed significantly, from 15% in 2020 to 33% in 2023. In the United Kingdom, the market share for fryers nearly tripled, soaring from 20% to 60%, and electrical cooking pots also saw an increase from 39% to 53% during this period.

SharkNinja Investor Presentation March 2024

Between 2021 and 2022, the group expanded into adjacent and new product categories, including ice cream makers, beauty products, and outdoor grills. In 2023, the company introduced new offerings in existing categories, such as vacuums, outdoor ovens, and in-home beverage appliances. For 2024, SharkNinja is set to launch coolers featuring patented technology and indoor-outdoor fans.

SharkNinja Investor Presentation March 2024

In 2023, the company achieved sales totaling $4.3 billion across its two brands, Shark ($2.2B) and Ninja ($2.1B), marking a CAGR of 20% since 2008 when sales stood at $250 million.

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Cleaning Appliances (42.8% of net sales) experienced a revenue decrease of $112.3 million (- 5.8%), totaling $1,819.5 million in 2023 compared to $1,931.7 million in 2022. This decline was primarily due to reduced demand in the North American market for both corded and cordless vacuums, compounded by the transfer of the Asia Pacific Region and Greater China to JS Global. However, the carpet extraction sub-category saw growth thanks to new product introductions.

Cooking and Beverage Appliances (33.9% of net sales) saw a significant revenue increase of $363.0 million (+33.7%), reaching $1,441.6 million in 2023 from $1,078.6 million in 2022. This growth was fueled by strong performance in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom with air fryers, reinforcing the market leadership there. Additionally, sustained strong sales from the outdoor grill, launched in late 2022, contributed to this increase across the US and European markets.

Food Preparation Appliances (15.4% of net sales) reported a rise in revenue of $63.2 million (+10.7%), with total sales amounting to $653.6 million in 2023, up from $590.4 million in 2022. This increase was driven by robust sales of ice cream makers and compact blenders, supported by the introduction of new portable blenders. This rise was partially offset by the transfer of APAC to JS Global.

Other (8% of net sales) revenues surged by $222.4 million (+190.8%), to $339.0 million in 2023 from $116.6 million in 2022, predominantly due to the robust performance of haircare products in the beauty category and air purifiers.

Net Sales per product categories – SharkNinja Annual Report 2023

Since 2021, the company has adjusted its market exposure, reducing its reliance on the North America market from 79.3% of net sales to 71% in 2023. Conversely, its presence in the European market has expanded from 16.4% to 25.2% over the same period. The remainder of its global sales now accounts for less than 4%. Revenue distribution between its two main brands, Shark and Ninja, is nearly even, with Shark representing 50.7% and Ninja 49.3% of net sales.

Net sales by region - SharkNinja Annual Report 2023

Rising inflation over the past two years has significantly impacted consumer spending, leading to a decline in the consumer discretionary sector. Despite this, it managed to successfully increase its net sales. SharkNinja is a leading company in its industry but faces competition from firms such as Helen of Troy Limited, Cricut, Worthington Enterprises, and major home appliance companies like Whirlpool Corporation and private companies like Dyson. Additionally, the company contends with retailers like Walmart and Target, as well as online platforms like Amazon, where its products may not always be the preferred choice, affecting revenue.

SharkNinja's strategy of maintaining strong product quality and geographical presence is likely to support continued growth. Despite the highly competitive industry and challenging macroeconomic environment, the company has demonstrated resilience. To sustain its growth potential, its management needs to focus on maintaining net margins through ongoing innovation and potentially acquiring businesses to expand its market share.

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