Appen Ltd (ASX: APX) is a global data tech company that focuses on developing high-quality human annotated datasets and data training for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Appen integrates expertise in capturing and enriching various data types while providing their services in more than 150 languages to other tech companies and government agencies. APX is a part of WAAAX, a small group of Australian tech/software companies leading high stock growth.
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Full Year Earnings Upgrade
This morning Appen announced a strong full year earnings upgrade, notifying the market that the company’s underlying EBITDA for FY2019, ending December 31st 2019, is estimated to be within the range of A$96M to A$99M. Previously, Appen’s guidance for the underlying EBITDA was estimated between the range of A$85M to A$90M. This represents a sizeable improvement in EBITDA guidance for the financial year 2019 and up to a 38.9% increase in Appen’s underlying EBITDA in FY2018.
The biggest drivers contributing to the earnings forecast includes is the growth of business, more specifically an increase in “monthly revenue and margins, largely from the existing projects with existing customers”.
Furthermore, in the same announcement Appen:
Reinforces its high conviction for the acquisition of Figure Eight and confirms previous 2019 ARR guidance of A$30M – A$35.
According to the Royal Bank of Canada, the guidance likely suggests that acquisition of Figure Eight, is performing in line with Appen’s expectations and under control.
The improved earnings guidance has increased Appen’s share price and given positive impressions to the market. As of 3:39PM AEST 18/11/19, Appen Ltd’s share price (ASX: APX) have increased to A$26.30. Compared to their closing value of A$23.31 last week, on the 15th November, this represents a strong 12.83% increase in share price. Furthermore, over the past twelve months the current share price represents an 87.08% increase.
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