A Look at Tech Leaders - APX, ALU, WTC

  • Sep 25, 2019 AEST
  • Team Kalkine
A Look at Tech Leaders - APX, ALU, WTC

In today’s world, we all are surrounded by various technologies. Technology is the use of scientific know-how to solve problems and for practical purposes. In almost all fields, adoption of technologies is accelerating.

Some of the trending technologies across the globe are:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Edge Computing
  • IoT
  • Cyber Security

In this article, we would discuss three technology players, covering their several business aspects like technology used and products/services offered.

Appen Limited
Company Overview and Business:

Appen Limited (ASX: APX) is a global IT player and a leading company, engaged in developing high-quality, human annotated datasets that are used for machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence). The company holds expertise in 180+ languages. It has more than 1 million competent contractors, along with the most advanced Artificial Intelligence-assisted data annotation platform in the industry. Backed by all the above-mentioned factors, the company offers solutions that give access to the quality, security, as well as speed, that are needed by leading players in the sectors including technology, automotive, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government.

Technology Used:
  • Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence ranks amongst the trending technologies, under which the emphasis is given on creating intelligent machines that can behave (react as well as work) like humans. Some of the examples of artificial intelligence include speech recognition, learning, planning and problem solving by computers.
  • Machine Learning: Machine learning is the application of AI, enabling systems to learn things automatically and simultaneously improve based on experience. It is used in computer programming that can access data and apply without any human interference.
Solutions Provided:
  • Applications
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Computer Vision
  • CEM and CRM
  • Data Analytics
  • eCommerce
  • Fraud Detection
  • In-car Infotainment
  • In-car Navigation
  • Machine Translation
  • Medical Imaging
  • Proofing Tools
  • Risk Management Models
  • Search Relevance
  • Semantic Search
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Virtual Assistants and Chatbots
Stock Information:

The shares of APX have given a decent YTD return of 68.44 per cent. The shares of APX opened at a price of A$ 21.320 and were trading at A$ 21.360 pm 25 September 2019 (AEST 12:42 PM), down by 0.928 per cent as compared to its previous closing price. APX has a market capitalisation of A$ 2.61 billion, approximately 120.98 million outstanding shares, annual dividend yield of 0.37 per cent and PE ratio of 51.05x.

Altium Limited
Company Overview and Business:

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is into the business of electronic design software. The company is known as the technological leader in the development of truly unified printed circuit board (PCB) solutions. ALU has more than 30 years of experience in providing the designers with the tools that could assist them in making the most of the modern technologies and managing projects successfully as well as providing connected intelligent products.

Understanding PCB: PCB stands for printed circuit board. Used in devices, PCB is an electronic circuit that offers mechanical support along with the route to its electronic components. The application of PCB can be seen in electronic and computer devices like motherboard, graphic cards and network cards.

Products Offered:
  • PCB Design Software
  • Cloud Platform
  • Component Management
  • Component Data
  • Product Extensions
  • Online Viewer
Stock Information:

The shares of ALU have given a decent YTD return of 60.20 per cent. The shares of ALU opened at a price of A$ 33.990 and were trading at A$ 33.840 on 25 September 2019 (AEST 01:00 PM), down by 1.37 per cent as compared to its previous closing price. ALU has a market capitalisation of A$ 4.49 billion, approximately 130.97 million outstanding shares, annual dividend yield of 0.99 per cent and PE ratio of 59.31x.

WiseTech Global Limited
Company Overview and Business:

WiseTech Global Limited (ASX: WTC) caters to logistics industries with cloud-based software solutions, domestically as well as internationally. Since 1994, the company has supported logistics entities in managing the movement of goods as well as related information.

The company’s software is used by more than 12,000 logistics entities across 130 nations. The solutions designed by the company aim to deliver strong productivity, broad functionality, complete integration, and deep compliance capabilities.

Cloud computing and Cloud based Solutions:

Cloud computing refers to the delivery of computer services such as servers, storage, software, analytics and intelligence via the internet. Cloud computing helps businesses in saving a lot of money that earlier they spent on purchasing hardware, software, etc. Cloud computing also enables users to have access to the cloud computing services on demand.

Cloud based solution involves the availability of services, computer network, storage, applications, resources on demand through the internet.

Products Offered:
  • CargoWise One: This product of WTC provides end to end logistics solutions. The product is designed to boost productivity as well as enhance integration, automation, and communication with the supply chain. Additionally, the product gives access to a smart solution. Moreover, the product also aids in safeguarding the information of client data by storing the data on a cloud-based system with global access at any point of time.
  • BorderWise is a technical border and customs library, which helps in putting all the information needed at the time of making a timely and informed decision at fingertips.
Stock Information:

The shares of WTC have given a decent YTD return of 105.52 per cent. The shares of WTC opened at a price of A$ 34.500 and were trading at a price of A$ 34.120 on 25 September 2019 (AEST 01:09 PM), down 2.514 per cent as compared to its previous closing price. WTC has a market capitalisation of A$ 11.14 billion, approximately 318.18 million outstanding shares, annual dividend yield of 0.1 per cent and PE ratio of 197.74x.


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