Why Symbotic Stock Popped 15% This Week


Shares of Symbotic (SYM -4.49%) are up 14.7% this week, as of Thursday’s close, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The warehouse automation company announced a new strategic partnership ahead of its upcoming quarterly report.

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Symbotic stock was already trending higher early this week amid a broader-market rally after the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data showed inflation is falling faster than expected. But Symbotic’s rally gained steam on Wednesday after it announced a new long-term strategic agreement with alcohol beverage distributing giant Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. More specifically, Southern Glazer’s is planning to deploy Symbotic’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software and robotics warehouse automation systems in select distribution centers.

The exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but investors shouldn’t expect an immediate contribution to Symbotic’s results. The two companies have agreed to implement the first of the systems, including robotic case-picking capabilities, starting in 2025. Southern Glazer’s has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

What’s next for Symbotic stock?

In the meantime, Symbotic is set to release fiscal fourth-quarter 2023 results after the market closes this coming Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. The market will be watching closely to see how those results stand up to Symbotic’s latest guidance, which calls for quarterly revenue of $290 million to $310 million and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) ranging from breakeven ($0) to $3 million. By comparison, most analysts on Wall Street are expecting results near the high end of that range, with consensus estimates calling for revenue of $306.9 million.

Steve Symington has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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