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Will the WiseTech Result be Enough for the High-Flying Tech Stock?

Stuart Lucy

Stuart Lucy is an Investment Specialist at the Australian Stock Report, and has gained exposure to funds management and investment banking throughout his career. He draws on this experience to provide macroeconomic commentary and actionable investment insights to clients. Stuart is responsible for writing reports, is involved in delivering Macrovue webinars and provides general advice to our members on portfolio construction. Stuart currently holds RG146 General and Securities qualifications.

WiseTech (ASX: WTC) was up 4.6% shortly after the market open today, as investors digested annual results which revealed healthy growth across the business. The company recorded revenue of $348.3m in FY19 (up 57%) with net profits of $54.1m, growing 33% from FY18. Revenue growth was primarily driven by organic growth across the business but is supported by a successful acquisition strategy over the long term.


WiseTech CEO Richard White in an interview (Credit: Commsec)

WiseTech is a SAAS business operating across the logistics space. The signature solution it provides to the market is CargoWise platform, which helps firms increase productivity. These productivity gains are realised through a comprehensive suite of logistics management solutions embedded in the platform, that enable automation and more efficient supply chain management. Data can be entered once and is accessible across a client’s global database, increasing accountability and reducing errors. This increases viability and simplifies the supply chain, thus making it far easier to manage. Capitalising on enterprise customers gives them a market with high buying power, which WiseTech later could potentially translate into higher revenue per user.

This puts the company on a PEG ratio of 4.93, making it look one of the most expensive WAAAX companies on the index. A PEG ratio is the ratio of a PE multiple to earnings growth, with a number of one typically being used to demarcate expensive growth companies from cheap ones. A PEG of 4.93 implies that investors are expecting WiseTech to continue slowly dominating the market it is in around the world and establish a huge competitive moat. The company’s strong management team may well make this a reality, but either way it is important for investors to be aware of what the market is pricing in.



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