A Peloton train bike is seen after the ringing of the opening bell for the corporate’s IPO on the Nasdaq Market website in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Feb 4 (Reuters) – Peloton Interactive Inc (PTON.O) has drawn curiosity from potential patrons together with e-commerce big Amazon.com Inc , in keeping with an individual aware of the matter, because the train bike maker struggles to take care of pandemic-fueled development.

Shares of Peloton surged 30% in prolonged buying and selling on the information, which comes days after activist investor Blackwells Capital urged the corporate’s board to place it up on the market.

Amazon is exploring a suggestion for Peloton and is talking with advisers about whether or not and learn how to proceed, a supply mentioned. Peloton has not but determined whether or not it’ll discover a sale, in keeping with the supply.

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In the meantime, the Monetary Instances reported late on Friday that sportswear firm NikeInc can also be evaluating a bid for Peloton, citing individuals briefed on the matter, who mentioned the concerns are preliminary and Nike has not held talks with Peloton.

Peloton and Nike didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark, whereas Amazon declined to remark.

Peloton’s gross sales boomed throughout COVID-19 lockdowns, with many snapping up residence health tools. However its fortunes started to fade as vaccinations elevated, gyms reopened and rivals provided aggressive merchandise.

In November, it hinted that demand for its train bikes and treadmills was slowing quicker than anticipated, and its market capitalization since then has shrunk to about $8 billion from a peak of almost $52 billion in early 2021.

If the inventory’s good points maintain on Monday, Peloton may attain the $10 billion market-capitalization threshold.

Final week, Blackwells Capital referred to as on the board of Peloton to take away CEO John Foley instantly, accusing him of offers that set excessive mounted prices and for holding on to extreme stock, whereas deceptive traders about the necessity to elevate capital. learn extra

Blackwells criticized Foley for hiring his spouse as a key govt and committing to a 300,000-square-foot, 20-year lease for workplace area in New York, amongst different issues.

The funding agency, run by Jason Aintabi, has additionally urged the board to place the corporate up on the market to a purchaser like Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Sony Group (6758.T) or Nike Inc , Reuters reported on Sunday. learn extra

Peloton has tried to cushion the blow to its development by chopping the value of its common bike and ramping up its advert spending, however development stays stagnant.

Final month, Peloton mentioned the corporate was reviewing the dimensions of its workforce and “resetting” manufacturing ranges, following a report that it was briefly halting manufacturing of related health bikes and treadmills after a major drop in demand. learn extra

Whereas many traders have grow to be pissed off with Peloton resulting from a steep drop in its share value, analysts additionally notice that the corporate could also be a troublesome acquisition goal due to its two courses of inventory, successfully permitting insiders to manage it.

The information was first reported by the Wall Avenue Journal. (https://on.wsj.com/3AVMIf7)

The expansion within the health band market has prompted tech giants equivalent to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Samsung (005930.KS) to introduce options for well being monitoring, together with electrocardiogram and blood strain sensor. Alphabet Inc-owned Google (GOOGL.O) closed its acquisition of health monitoring firm Fitbit Inc in January.

Tech giants together with Amazon and Alphabet have additionally seen an increase of their valuation after blockbuster outcomes this week. A day after Fb proprietor Meta Platforms (FB.O) suffered the deepest lack of inventory market worth in historical past for a U.S. firm, Amazon logged the best ever one-day enhance in worth. learn extra

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Reporting by Rithika Krishna, Tiyashi Datta, Nivedita Balu and Shivam Patel in Bengaluru and Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Modifying by Devika Syamnath, Peter Henderson, Anil D’Silva and Kim Coghill

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