Superloop (ASX: SLC) was up 3.86% at the open after the fibre network provider announced an on-market share buy-back for a maximum of 48,680,748 ordinary shares, representing 10% of the company's issued share capital.
Superloop reserves the right to vary, suspend or terminate the buy-back at any time and the ultimate number of shares to be purchased will depend on business and market conditions, the prevailing share price, market volumes and other considerations.
CEO Paul Tyler notes today’s announced buyback is the result of the company being in an extremely strong net cash position following the disposal of assets from its Hong Kong and Singapore operations for $140m last Oct.
“Whilst we continue to pursue growth through organic and inorganic avenues, the recent movement in the trading price for Superloop shares represents an opportunity to also make a highly accretive investment in our own business," Tyler noted.
Superloop’s share price is down -21.20% over the past year, and year-to-date has fallen 39% from $2.21 to $0.73.
Superloop designs, develops, constructs and operates independent telecommunications infrastructure within three segments of the market: Consumer connectivity, business connectivity and wholesale connectivity.
Superloop’s investments in physical infrastructure assets include fibre, subsea cables and fixed wireless, as well as Superloop’s software platforms.
At the half year Superloop’s revenue was up 125% year-on-year to $119.8m off, after acquiring Exetel for $110m, which added 110,000 consumer and business customers to its existing base.
The company’s consumer business saw the strongest growth from the acquisition, with revenue growing by 303.4% to almost $60m, while the business unit's revenue grew by 124.5% to $35m.
Then there was the wholesale business which grew revenue 12.8% on the back of the Superloop Connect automated migration and management platform.
Underlying earnings (EBITDA) of $9.1m compared to $8.2m in the previous period.
At full year, the company expects to generate earnings (EBITDA) of between $23m and $25m, up from $18.2m in FY21.
In order to expand its broadband relationships and grow its subscriber base, late May Superloop acquired Melbourne-based technology firm Acurus for $15m.
A white label and technology business, Acurus provides technology services to businesses such as Energy Australia, Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES), Officeworks, and Bakers delight.
Superloop share price over 12 months.
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