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Megaport finally delivers black ink: Share price up 21% heading into the close

Wed 20 Jul 22, 3:36pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • The company reported an inaugural normalised earnings of $1m in the fourth quarter
  • Canada and Japan are becoming profitable ahead of schedule
  • The company has a strong cash position of more than $80m available

Megaport (ASX: MP1) was up over 20% this morning after the network-as-a-service provider large-cap delivered its first positive earnings (EBITDA) quarter.

At $30.6m, fourth quarter revenue was up 10% on the previous quarter, and monthly recurring revenue for June was $10.7m, an increase of $1.2m, or 13% quarter-on-quarter.

Annualised recurring revenue at 30 June 2022 was $128m.

New markets profitable

With two new markets, Canada and Japan, becoming profitable and ahead of schedule, the company also reported an inaugural normalised earnings (EBITDA) of $1m in fourth quarter.

After taking into account equity–settled employee related costs, foreign exchange gains and losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and other non-recurring expenses, normalised earnings (EBITDA) year-to-date is -$10.2m.

Overall, monthly recurring revenue was up 15% in North America, 12% in the Asia Pacific, and 9% in Europe fourth quarter of FY22.

Increased service uptake

Megaport’s CEO Vincent English attributed much of the earnings profit in the quarter to increased service uptake and strong new customer growth.

Customers at the end of the quarter were 2643, an increase of 102, or 4% quarter-on-quarter, and Megaport sold 1,447 new services during the quarter, up 6% on the prior quarter.

Multi-cloud connections on the Megaport platform also increased, with 9% more Megaport Cloud Routers (MCR) sold in the June quarter. 

Strong operating leverage

English pointed to strong operating leverage within the underlying Megaport network and business model with which to further increase profit and generate cash as revenue grows.

“Japan and Canada have reached profitability ahead of plan and early indications are that Mexico may outperform plan expectations.”

During the quarter, Megaport also launched in Mexico, the second largest IT spending market in Latin America – where the company enabled 16 new data centres during the quarter - four of which were in Mexico.

Looking forward

Having aligned the business to reduce cash burn, English also reminded investors of the company's clear runway to profitability and proven business plan.

The company has a strong cash position of more than $80m available, and English believes all operating metrics provide excellent momentum going into FY23.

“With a record of successfully executing on our plans, we have a high degree of confidence in FY23 and will continue to stay out front as the leading global NaaS provider."

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Megaport share price over 12 months.

 

What brokers think

Year-to-date, the share piece has tumbled from $18.93 to $7.87.

Consensus on the stock is Moderate Buy.

Based on Morningstar’s fair value of $13.19 the stock appears to be undervalued.

Based on the five brokers that cover Megaport (as reported on by FN Arena) the stock is currently trading with 62.8% upside to the target price of $12.83.

Goldman Sachs is encouraged by management’s confidence heading into FY23, with an $82.5m cash balance and remains Buy rated with a $9.00 price target.

Despite FY22 June-quarter revenue falling -5% below Macquarie's forecast, the broker is pleased that the company delivered its first positive earnings (EBITDA) quarter.

Macquarie forecasts a full year FY22 dividend of 0.00 cents and EPS of minus -19.40 cents.

The broker retains an Outperform, while the target price is steady at $16 having been cut from $18 heading into the result.

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Mark Story

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Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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