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Appen Beats On Full Year Results, Share Price Surges 8.2%

Max Molinari

Max is an Equity Analyst with ASR Wealth Advisers. He has studied a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney. Max currently holds RG146 qualifications.

Appen Limited (ASX: APX) has released its full year results to the market, for the period ending 31 December 2019. The business has reported underlying EBITDA of $101m, which is ahead of its provided guidance and consensus expectations of $98.2m. Cash conversion for the business was softer than last year due to an increase in receivables. Since majority of revenue is derived from the US, there is also a positive currency impact of $7.8m. APX has also guided underlying EBITDA for FY20 to be in the range $125-130m – with consensus expecting $130m. Furthermore, there is now a team in place in China (unaffected by coronavirus) with a rapid pipeline.



Appen (ASX: APX) released their full year results this morning. The company reported EBITDA of $101m, a beat on market expectations of $98.2m. The share price has surged 8.2% on the back of the result. (Credit: AiThority.com).


Looking at the divisional performance, Speech and Image revenue grew 32% for the full year, while it grew at 85% in the first half. Similarly, full-year Content Relevance revenue grew 37%, compared to first half growth of 48%. These drop in growth rates implies a weak operating performance over the second half. That being said, APX is renegotiating contract pricing terms with a large existing client and has brought on-board government contracts which tend to be sticky.

While this result is a beat on expectations for this year, there are slightly concerns about the slowdown in top line growth. However, investors are instead choosing to focus on the new contracts being signed and the pipeline in China.



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