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Peloton headwinds stiffen as people break pandemic routines

Peloton Production
Posted at 12:07 PM, May 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 12:07:35-04

Peloton’s uphill struggle to generate sales as more people break from health routines forced during the pandemic continued in the third quarter and the company’s revenue outlook sent shares tumbling 17% at the opening bell.

The maker of high-end exercise bikes and treadmills thrived during COVID-19 outbreaks and sales growth for the New York City company doubled in 2020 and surged 120% in its last fiscal year. The availability of vaccines and easing of COVID-19 restrictions, however, have opened up more workout options and Peloton has suffered.

Peloton lost $757.1 million in the most recent quarter, which was worse than Wall Street had expected.

"Turnarounds are hard work," CEO Barry McCarthy told investors in a shareholder letter, according to CNN. "It's intellectually challenging, emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and all-consuming. It's a full-contact sport."

CNN added Peloton added just 195,000 new subscribers last quarter, less than half what it was adding a year ago.