Nearmap Ltd (ASX: NEA) is a digital technology company based out in Perth, Australia with offices in New Zealand and the US as well. It provides high-resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D data sets, and integrated geospatial tools with more prominent and sharper images which are always accessible. It is a subscription-based platform catering to various businesses and government agencies enabling them to conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights. It provides products like Vertical which included Panorama imagery, Measurable Obliques for measuring the heights of buildings and other structures, and 3D data for providing consistently high-resolution across the nation.
Today, the company has announced the preliminary results for its first half year of 2019 ending 31 December 2018. The company reported continued strong growth in the group’s key metric, i.e., Annualized Contract Value (ACV). The group ACV portfolio has surged by 42% this time. The company reported the group ACV at AU$78.3 million which was AU$67.1 million in FY18 and AU$55.3 million in 1H18.
The US ACV, representing one-third of the group portfolio, has shown tremendous growth of 107% as compared to the equivalent prior period, i.e., 1H18. It was reported at US$17.6 million which was US$12.9 million in FY18 and US$8.5 million in 1H18. The growth was marked by the continuing operational improvements to the US sales and marketing strategies. Sales Team Contribution Ratio (STCR), a ratio of incremental ACV to direct cost of sales and marketing, is also expected to be more than 100%.
The Australian ACV has also shown a growth of 23% as compared to 1H18. It was reported at AU$53.3 million which was AU$48.8 million in FY18 and AU$43.3 million in 1H18. The growth was marked by the first sales contribution in New Zealand. The STCR is also expected to be more than 100%.
The ACV has been restated based on constant currency at an exchange rate of AUD$1=USD$0.7058 (as on 31 December 2018).
The company is expected to roll out offline 3D content delivery, roof measurement tools, and enhanced capture technology soon. The company has deployed $70 million towards the US sales and marketing strategies and the plan for expansion into Canada in CY2019.
The group also reaffirmed its FY19 cash flow guidance. It reported a cash balance of $81.3 million comprising $14.6 million from business as usual operations excluding capital lease and $66.7 million from the capital raise after the payment of the associated cost of $2.9 million and initial deployment of the capital of $0.3 million.
The company will be publishing its results for 1H19 on 20 February 2019 and for FY19 on 21 August 2019. The AGF is expected to be held on 14 November 2019.
Stock performance: The company’s stock has generated an outstanding positive return of 153.17% during the past year. It is currently trading at $1.745 with a surge of 9.404% during the day’s trade on account of continued strong growth. The company has ~444.56 million shares outstanding with the market cap of circa $709.08 million.
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