By Rachael Green, Benzinga
Interactive Strength, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNR), doing business as FORME, is currently working towards signing a definitive agreement to acquire a connected hardware target after announcing a non-binding letter of intent last month. The combined Company is projected to generate $10 million in 2023, more than $25 million in gross revenue in 2024, and is expected to be cashflow positive and adjusted EBITDA profitable by the fourth quarter of 2024.
The potential transaction is expected to accelerate FORMEs commercialization path, result in immediate scale across all functions and create a high-growth and profitable platform that sells connected hardware/software fitness platform across B2B and B2C channels. The premium smart home gym and virtual personal training provider is aiming to execute a definitive acquisition agreement by the fourth quarter of this year. Here are some of the growth opportunities investors can look for as FORME works toward a binding agreement by the end of this year.
The Potential Acquisition Would Create A Significantly Scaled Up Connected Fitness Equipment Business
We believe this will be a transformational acquisition that can accelerate our commercialization path, said FORME Founder and CEO Trent Ward. We expect this transaction can help us achieve immediate scale across all of our cost centers, resulting in a high-growth, profitable platform that sells connected fitness equipment and digital fitness services across B2B and B2C channels.
In addition to scaling FORMEs sales, engineering, logistics and other functions, the connected fitness acquisition would be a synergistic merger that would immediately create cross-selling opportunities across both FORMEs and the targets customer base. It also has the potential to bring in a strong B2B distribution partner for FORMEs premium smart home gym equipment, allowing FORME to ramp up its commercialization efforts.
Combined, FORME and the target acquisition are projected to bring in over $10 million in gross revenue for 2023 and over $25 million in for 2024, achieving both positive cash flow and positive adjusted EBITDA by the fourth quarter of next year.
The Upside Potential Of FORMEs Transition To A B2B-Led Platform
Right now, FORME primarily targets the B2C market, offering smart home gym equipment and a variety of virtual personal training plans directly to consumers. But as the rapid decline of Peloton (NASDAQ: PTON) suggests, that home fitness market just isnt big enough to sustain long-term growth as post-pandemic consumers return to the gym. Peloton recently reported net losses of over $241 million for its fourth quarter, as sales and subscriptions continue to decline.
FORME has a differentiated market strategy that addresses changing consumer habits and developed a flexible approach to its B2C segment. The Company offers both premium equipment and a range of monthly subscription options at different price points that offer live one-on-one coaching with a personal trainer through the users connected fitness mirror or their mobile device.
But its biggest growth opportunity comes from its pivot into the B2B space, delivering its equipment and services to hotels, gyms and other enterprise customers that want to offer premium fitness options to their customers. FORME has already made some moves in this B2B channel but the potential acquisition, which is said to derive most of its sales from the B2B space, would dramatically increase its exposure to that more profitable, more scalable market.
This would allow FORME to become a B2B-led platform while still maintaining and growing its B2C channel, potentially sidestepping the profitability challenges faced by Peloton and other B2C-focused companies in the connected fitness space.
In an August report on FORME, Goldman Small Cap Research calls the digital fitness platform a rare, high growth, low valuation firm offering significant upside potential. Goldman cited the potential acquisition slated for the fourth quarter as well as the opportunity for similar deals in the future as FORME targets other acquisitions over the next few years.
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