Information Technology refers to the application of computers and telecommunication devices for data storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation.
IT stocks refer to those companies that are engaged in the development of software, hardware and semi-conductor devices as well as provides internet and its related services.
By the closure of the ASX on 19 July 2019, the S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology (Sector) moved up by 0.92% and settled at 1,347.0, while S&P/ASX 200, which was up by 0.76%, closed at 6,649.1.
Below discussed are four IT related stocks. Let us have a detailed look at the recent updates from these ASX listed stocks.
About the Company
Appen Limited (ASX: APX) is amongst the leading developers of human annotated datasets for machine learning as well as artificial intelligence, globally.APX serves technology companies, auto manufacturersand government agencies in Australia, United States, and in the international market.
On 18 June 2019, Appen Limited provided an update regarding the change of director’s interest. Mr Bill Pulver, a non-executive director of the company, holds an indirect interest in the ordinary shares of the company. These shares are held by New Greenwich Pty Ltd, in which Mr Pulver is a director and shareholder as well as a beneficiary of the New Greenwich Superannuation Fund.
Earlier, he had an indirect interest in 1,000,203 ordinary shares of the company. Around 392,819 shares were disposed at $27.513 per share. Mr Bill Pulver now holds 607,384 ordinary shares of the company.
On 12 June 2019, the CEO and Managing Director of Appen Limited, Mr Mark Brayan sold 100,000 shares of the company in order to satisfy tax obligations and diversify personal investments. On the same day, Lukas Biewald, the founder of FigureEight, closed the share purchase of APX for USD 1.5 mn as contemplated by the acquisition agreement.
Below figure depicts transformative acquisition of Figure Eight by Appen Limited.
In the last6 months, APXshares have given a return of 92.11%. The opening price of the shares of APX on 19 July 2019 was $29.880. By the closure of the trading period, the price of APX share settled at $30.130, up by 0.601% as compared to its previous closing price. APX has a market cap of ~ $ 3.62 bn with ~ 120.98 mn outstanding shares, PE ratio of 76.310x and an annual dividend yield of 0.27%. The closing price of APX is near its 52 weeks high price. On 19 July 2019,~586,326shares of APX traded on ASX.
Objective Corporation Limited
About the Company:
Objective Corporation Limited (ASX: OCL) is a software company, which specialises in enterprise content management, comprising of technologies dealing with document management, record keeping, workflow and web content management.
Source: Company’s Report
On 15 July 2019, the company made an announcement, providing trading update for the financial year 2019, based on unaudited management accounts as at 30 June 2019.
The company reported a decline of 1% year-on-year in its revenue to $62 mn for FY19. The recurring revenue during the period increased by 13% when compared with the same period a year ago. Its EBITDA for the period stood at $14.1 mn. There was an increase of 23% year-on-year in net profit after tax to $9.1 mn in FY19. The company’s annual rate of return (ARR) for the period went up by 15% to $46.6 mn.
The company reported an 11% growth in license revenue during the period. Moreover, it reported to have registered strong growth for all key subscription product lines, with ECMaaS growing 23%, Connect surging 27%, Keystone increasing 21% and Trapeze rising 20%.
Overall, the company performance was good during the period. Its revenue remained flat for the period, still the company was able to deliver margin expansion, growth in ARR, and improvements in its suite of products. According to CEO Tony Walls, the increasing proportion of subscription revenue delivers considerably greater anticipations for revenue as well as earnings in the future. Moreover, this would enable the company to plan as well as manage its resources in a better manner. During FY2020, the company will direct its cash flows generated towards its existing product portfolio as well as launch of new products through strategically aligned acquisitions.
In the previous 6 months, the OCL stocks have provided a return of 27.24%. The opening price of the shares of OCL on 19 July 2019 was $3.56. By the closure of the trading period, the price of OCL share was $3.560, up by 0.282% as compared to its previous closing price. OCL has a market cap of ~ $329.72 mn and ~ 92.88 mn outstanding shares. The closing price of OCL is at its 52 weeks high price. On 19 July 2019, around 9,299 shares of the company traded on ASX.
Afterpay Touch Group Limited
About the Company
Afterpay Touch Group Limited (ASX: APT) is a financial technology company, which aims to make the buying experience of its customer base great. The company, at present, has ~ 4.3 mn active customers and ~ 30,600 active retail merchants.
APT Snapshot (Source: Company’s Report)
On 4 July 2019, the company updated the market regarding the deferral of the share purchase plan. Afterpay Touch, on 26 June 2019, had unveiled that it would be in the best interest of its shareholders to defer the share purchase plan till the final audit report gets prepared by the external auditor appointed by AUSTRAC and its recommendations.
After the SPP announcement was made by the company, Afterpay received a notice from AUSTRAC, according to which the company was required to appoint an independent external auditor for auditing Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Terrorism Funding compliance. For this, the company would now be working closely with AUSTRAC and will take a formal approach towards ensuring that its AML/CTF compliance is strong.
At the period of the announcement regarding the share purchase plan, the company was in discussion with AUSTRAC; however, it had no knowledge about the decision of AUSTRAC to serve the notice until 12 June 2019.
The company, which has made nominations of three auditors, expects the audit process to start as soon as AUSTRAC shortlists one of the threeauditors.
With this deferral, there would not be any changes with respect to terms and conditions of the SPP. The only change would be the change of the date when the SPP would be offered.
Recently, the company also provided its Board and Executive leadership update.
In the previous six months, APT stocks have generated a return of 46.09%. The opening price of the shares of APT on 19 July 2019 was $23.410. By the closure of the trading period, the price of the APT share was $24.020, up by 2.126% as compared to its previous closing price. APT has a market cap of ~ $ 5.94 bn and ~ 252.64 mn outstanding shares. The closing price of APT is near its 52 weeks high price. On 19 July 2019, around 1,641,536 shares of the company traded on ASX.
Bigtincan Holdings Limited
About the Company
Bigtincan Holdings Limited (ASX: BTH) is an enterprise mobility software provider, which got listed on ASX in March 2017. The company is majorly focused on helping organisations with an intelligent and mobile-first solution.
Bigtincan® Hub™ is the company’s sales enablement automation platform, which provides customers with a better experience. Moreover, the platform enables sales as well as service representatives to deliver better and increased business outcomes.
BTH Snapshot (Source: Company’s Report)
On 18 July 2019, the company announced to have boosted its existing relationship with Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is one of the largest brewers in the world. The expansion is intended at delivering sales enablement to an initial set of autonomous wholesalers across the United States. These wholesalerswould use the Bigtincan® Hub™ software platform of the company to deliver content and provide communications based on SalesAI (the advanced content delivery technology of BTH). Under the terms of the expansion, delivery will start in the first half of FY20.
Anheuser-Busch became the client of the company by the end of the year 2018 using the Bigtincan product for corporate staff. This expanded relationship between the company and Anheuser-Busch demonstrates Bigtincan’s continued success in obtaining and expanding contracts from large enterprises.
The total contract value, covering the expansion, has grown to approximately $692,000.
In the previous six months, BTH stocks have generated a return of 40.12%. The opening price of the shares of BTH on 19 July 2019 was $0.460. By the closure of the trading period on 19 July 2019, the price of BTH share was $0.475, up by 4.396% as compared to its previous closing price. The company has a market cap of ~ $118.34 mn and ~ 260.09 mn outstanding shares. Around 249,368 shares of the company traded on ASX on 19 July 2019.
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