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Check out the brutal slide deck that a major Peloton investor published eviscerating CEO John Foley, right before he announced his resignation

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  • Peloton cofounder John Foley unexpectedly announced his resignation as CEO on Tuesday.
  • Before that, Peloton investor Blackwells Capital published a scathing assessment of the company.
  • The deck cites Foley’s own words as it calls for his immediate removal for mismanagement.

In a surprise move, Peloton cofounder John Foley abruptly resigned as CEO on Tuesday.Peloton CEO John Foley sits in a chair on stage with a blue background, speaking to a woman with blonde hair.Peloton CEO John Foley in 2019.

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Before his announcement however, Blackwells Capital published a presentation calling on the company to make drastic changes.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

The deck starts by pointing out that Peloton had the worst 2021 performance in the Nasdaq 300 by a wide margin.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Still, Blackwells says the company Foley built does have several key advantages…Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

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… but the financial performance of the company doesn’t live up to its potential.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

The dismal stock price chart is followed by a quote from Foley that paints him as out of touch with reality.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Blackwells doesn’t mince words.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

It attributes Peloton’s performance problems to five key themes – all of which it ties back to Foley.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

“I’ll go sometimes months without talking to our CTO,” Foley told Time Magazine in May 2020.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Sources: ABC News, LinkedIn, Time Magazine 

“We haven’t seen any softening of demand,” he told investors on Peloton’s earnings call one year ago.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

“I don’t know,” Foley said when asked about making a more affordable Bike.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

As Insider reported, softening demand was leading to a buildup of inventory with warehouses resembling “jigsaw puzzles.”Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

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Source: Insider

The presentation also depicts Foley as “irresponsible” in his handling of an incident involving the death of a child.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Foley’s $431 million purchase of Precor also indicated poor judgement, Blackwells said.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

The deck also raises questions of nepotism due to Foley’s wife Jill running Peloton’s apparel business. It was also announced on Tuesday that Ms. Foley would “transition away” from the role.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

One chart contrasts Foley’s statements to investors with his selling of almost $100 million of Peloton stock as the price continues to fall.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Foley’s stock pledges also appear to violate Peloton’s insider trading policy, according to Blackwells.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

The deck highlights other past quotes from Foley depicting lofty – perhaps unrealistic – goals for the company, calling it “promotional puffery.”Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

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Meeting Foley’s goals would require an annual growth rate of 30% for the next 15 years, compared with 5% in the previous quarter.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

Blackwells Capital

Blackwells even takes a shot at Peloton’s choice of management consultancy: “Hiring McKinsey is a clear declaration of failure.”Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

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Blackwells recommends several urgent actions, most notably: Fire CEO John Foley.Blackwells Peleton Investor Deck

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See the full deck on Blackwells Capital’s website.

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