Unstoppable Tech Stocks on Steroids – A look at Z1P, APT, APX

Summary

  • Technology has been playing at the forefront while supporting other businesses to sustain during the period of COVID-19 crisis, as well as making efforts to reduce virus spread.
  • Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated various technology trends such as digital payments, artificial intelligence, and internet of things.
  • Technology stocks such as Z1P, APT and APX have been climbing the ladder of growth on ASX, bolstered by their robust financial performance in recent times.

While enduring sadness because the world is in disarray of late, had it not been for accelerated technology services, we would have been looking at a fractious situation.

In the wake of coronavirus induced lockdown and social distancing norms, technology played a pivotal role in keeping our society and businesses functional.

The last couple of months have noted a surge in demand for technology in every sphere of life, ranging from e-learning applications to digital payment technologies. Further, several technology stocks have performed fairly well, with rising customer base leading to a sizable increase in their top lines.

S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology (Sector) (ASX:XIJ) closed at 1455.5 points, down by 1.6% from its last close, as on 15 June 2020. The index is recovering, albeit with a couple of hiccups; bolstering positive outlook for the investors.

Let us now apprise ourselves with some of the buzzing technology stocks on the ASX.

Zip Co Limited (ASX:Z1P) is a leading Australian provider of point-of-sale and digital payment services to various merchants and consumers across multiple sectors such as health, retail, education and travel.

Z1P is embracing the increasing demand for Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) solutions and is growing with robust financial and COVID-19 proof performance.

Recently, Z1P noted strong performance during May and reported revenue of AU$15.6 million, an increase of 78 per cent for May in comparison with the previous corresponding period.

Z1P witnessed a substantial increment of 63 per cent y-o-y in its monthly transaction volume to AU$189.3 million. Further, Z1P experienced an addition of about 65,000 new customers in May, while the total customers reached 2.1 million.

An upsurge of 85 per cent y-o-y was noted in Z1P’s receivables balance, which stood at AU$1.2 billion at the end of May.

Source: ASX Announcement

Lately, on 9 June 2020, Z1P announced its partnership with Neobank 86 400 to assist the users in tracking their transactions, along with balances post linkage of their Z1P account to the banking application.

Interestingly, Z1P Shares witnessed a jump of 15.78% in its share price on 9 June 2020 followed by the partnership announcement.

Of late, Z1P acquired a US-BNPL, QuadPay to accelerate its expansion in the US market.

Z1P last traded at AU$5.770, decreasing by 8.413% compared to its previous close, as on 15 June 2020. Z1P’s 52 weeks high was noted at AU$6.970.

Afterpay Limited (ASX:APT)

The BNPL pioneer company APT, recently during may 2020, announced that it had over five million active shoppers in the US, illustrating a strong foothold in market.

APT’s services are being offered by over 15,000 retailers and brands to its customers helping it to reach ~9 million US customers inclusive of above 1 million new customers who joined the platform during COVID-19 crisis period. Of late, Tencent Holdings Limited became a substantial holder with a 5% stake in APT.

Furthermore, APT recently notified the market with the changes in the Board members:

  • Transitioning of Elana Rubin from interim Chair to Chair of the Company’s Board.
  • Sharon Rothstein was hired as APT’s independent Non-Executive Director effectively from 1 June 2020.

Post bottoming out at AU$8.90 on 23 March, stock of APT bounced back to settle at AU$51.16, as on 15 June 2020, slipping by 1.35% from its last close.

Did you read; Significant Changes in ASX200 Stock Reshuffle

Appen Limited (ASX:APX)

A provider of high-quality training data which is used for machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), APX has a robust balance sheet with over AU$100 million cash resources, as notified in April this year.

The fact that AI is barging higher during the crisis period and is believed to be worth AU$22.17 trillion to the world economy by 2030 as per CSIRO, it is anticipated that going forth, APX will emerge stronger.

Of late in its AGM presentation, released on 29 May, APX reiterated its guidance for FY 2020. APX YTD revenue plus orders in hand for delivery stood at approximately AU$350 million at May 2020. The Company’s EBITDA for the year ending 31 December 2020 is likely to be between AU$125 million and AU$130 million.

On 15 June 2020, APX settled the day’s trading session at AU$29.770, up by 0.915% from its previous close. APX’s P/E ratio was noted at 83.620x, with the market cap of AU$3.59 billion.


Disclaimer
The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.
   
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK