Analysts Richard Williamson and Russell Pointon of Edison Investment Research Ltd. commented in a September 1 research note that global internet platform company CentralNic Group PLC (CNIC:AIM), which generates revenue from online presence sales and marketing services, has delivered strong growth that has largely gone unrewarded.
The Analysts' report indicated that CentralNic Group posted very strong results in H1/21 and that the firm's management expects that revenue and profits for the rest of FY/21 will come in at upper range of market expectations or perhaps even higher.
Edison Investment Research advised that the firm achieved 20% y-o-y organic revenue growth in H1/21. As a result, Edison stated it is raising its FY/21 revenue target to US$350 million, its FY/22 estimate to US$379 million and its FY/23 forecasts to US$409 million.
The report noted that CentralNic's shares are trading at 10-times estimated FY/21 EBITDA with a P/E of 12.9.
Edison pointed out that these indicators are well below those of other competitors in the web services and online marketing space, especially when taking into consideration CentralNic's anticipated 45% growth rate during FY/21.
The Analysts stated that in H1/21 CentralNic increased gross revenues by 57% y-o-y to US$174.7 million, versus $111.3 million in H1/20 and that net revenues in the same period grew 57% y-o-y to US$55.2 million, up from US$35.2 million in H1/20.
The report additionally listed that adjusted earnings per share (EPS) rose to US$0.0574, compared to adjusted EPS of US$0.0445 in H1/20.
Edison noted that CentralNic has decided to combine its Direct and Indirect segments (domain name sales and value-added services). The two areas will be merged into a new Online Presence segment, which the company intends to post results along with the Online Marketing segment in future reporting periods.
The company reported that in H1/21, the Direct segment which includes both Retail and the Enterprise businesses grew 10% organically with gross revenues up 25% over H1/20. The firm's Indirect segment also showed gains in organic growth of 12% in H1/21 with a 25% increase in y-o-y revenues.
Due to several acquisitions by the company, its Online Marketing segment showed the highest growth as the company enjoyed a 28% organic revenue growth which led to a 99% increase in H1/21 y-o-y revenues to US$96.4 million, compared to US$48.5 million in H1/20.
The Analysts commented that since CentralNic's marketing platforms do not collect a user's personal data or rely on third-party cookies, the firm's Online Marketing division expects it will continue to benefit from growing concerns over privacy.
CentralNic is a London-based global domain name services provider. The firm develops and manages secure software platforms for global businesses seeking to buy subscriptions to domain names for used for their own company websites, brands and email.
CentralNic Group Plc.'s shares trade on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) sub-market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the symbol "CNIC" and last closed for trading at GBP 101.50 per share on September 2, 2021.
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