- Lately, a new business environment has emerged in the wake of COVID-19 triggered headwinds; and technology in the form of data centres is coming at the front foot to aid companies to adapt to the burgeoning pace of digital disruption, cloud services that rely on a factor of lower latency connectivity.
- ASX 100 company, NEXTDC, an independent data centre operator, has garnered attention for sweeping the market and generating a return of 38% over the last six months and 644.67% since its listing on ASX in December 2010.
- NEXTDC through its recently released bolstered FY20 results ended 30 June, echoed that its robust balance sheet, with deep cash reserves, empowers the Company to withstand numerous economic scenarios, while continuing to underpin its pursuit of investments across growth projects and customer experience.
- Furthermore, NEXTDC projects FY20 data centre services revenue in the range of AU$242 - AU$250 million; underlying EBITDA to surge amid AU$125 - AU$130 million; and capex in the range AU$380 - AU$400 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a change in business environment, with the evolving demand for digitisation, as well as cloud services primarily due to the fact that numerous entities are exploring ways to keep themselves functional and dynamic in times of shutdown and embrace new ways of remote working.
Furthermore, as numerous firms are noting a shift towards digitalisation, the method in which day to day functioning of the businesses is managed falls under amplified surveillance.
Technology in the form of data centres is coming at the front foot to aid companies to adapt to the burgeoning pace of digital disruption, cloud services that rely on the factor of lower latency connectivity.
In the current times, Data centres have become essential for the continuity of any business as they possess networking, data backup and recovery. Hence, data centres reliability and security are among the top priority of any firm.
In this article, we would be having a look at ASX 100 listed data centre-as-a-service provider, NEXTDC Limited (ASX:NXT) from the technology sector that has outperformed and emerged stronger on ASX technology space with its impressive performance amid COVID-19 trigged headwinds.
Interestingly, NEXTDC share price has been climbing up on ASX and has generated an awe-inspiring return of 38% over the last six months and 644.67% since its listing on ASX in December 2010.
On 11 September 2020, NEXTDC share price was at AU$11.040, indicating a marginal decline of 0.987% compared to its last close. NEXTDC has a market capitalisation of AU$5.08 billion and total outstanding shares of ~ 455.91 million. NEXTDC’s 52-week low and high was noted at AU$5.910 and AU$12.480, respectively.
Also, the astounding 3-month return of NEXTDC shares by 20.92% is buoyed by the positive business updates during the last couple of months, demonstrating growth trajectory, soared earnings multiples amid the COVID-19 crisis.
NEXTDC’s total revenue rose by 14% to AU$205.2 million on pcp during FY20
On 27 August 2020, ASX 100 listed tech stock NEXTDC unveiled its FY20 performance report for the period ended 30 June and highlighted bolstered revenue of AU$205.2 million increasing by 14% or AU$26 million on pcp.
Revenue was noted to be towards the upper end of the guidance range of AU$200 - AU$206 million.
The Company witnessed a whopping increase of 18% y-o-y in data centre services revenue, standing at AU$200.8 million. The increment was majorly driven by swelled data centre services utilisation across the business.
Source: Company’s Annual Report, dated 27 August 2020
NEXTDC’s EBITDA witnessed a robust y-o-y growth of 24.6 per cent and reached AU$103.6 million.
Additionally, the Company’s operating cash flow noted a considerable increment of 37 per cent (y-o-y) and was noted at AU$53.9 million. NEXTDC also witnessed an increment in its capital expenditure by 11 per cent and reached AU$418 million.
It is worth noting that the Company successfully raised AU$862 million via an institutional placement of AU$672 million and AU$190 million Share Purchase Plan in April 2020 and May 2020, respectively.
The proceeds from the capital raising aided NEXTDC for maintaining its momentum in pursuing growth opportunities, and fund Phase 1 commencement of the proposed expansion of a new data centre in Sydney (S3).
Furthermore, the Company also divulged its bolstered financial position with AU$893 million in cash and cash equivalents, as on 30 June 2020 versus AU$399 million noted in FY19, demonstrating the fact that the Company is well capitalised for growth.
NEXTDC witnessed accelerated customer growth of 15 per cent y-o-y and stood at 1,364. Moreover, interconnections noted an upsurge of 19 per cent and were recorded at 13,051, representing 8.1% of the recurring revenue.
Source: Company’s Presentation, dated 27 August 2020
NEXTDC’s contracted utilisation enlarged by 33 per cent and reached 70.0MW, with new sales of 17.8MW, before adjustment for a one-off clawback of 0.4MW wholesale capacity.
Outlook for FY21
Source: Company’s Presentation, dated 27 August 2020
NEXTDC provided the earnings guidance for FY21 and projected the following-
- Data centre services revenue in the range of AU$242 - AU$250 million;
- Underlying EBITDA to surge amid AU$125 - AU$130 million; and
- Capex between AU$380 - AU$400 million.