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The Splitit share price is making Bitcoin’s rise look pathetic

The Splitit Ltd (ASX: SPT) share price is up another 26% to $1.98 this afternoon and is now up nearly 10x from its initial public offer price of just 20 cents per share in January 2019.

Splitit boasts that it’s in the hot buy-now-pay-later space in the same way as AfterPay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) and Z1P Co. Ltd (ASX: Z1P) and the popularity of the space among day traders and get-rich-quick dream chasers largely explains its parabolic share price moves.

After all if the company’s insiders, professional fund managers, and investment banking capital markets experts and advisors agreed to value the business at just 20 cents per share two months ago it’s ridiculous to think the business is now worth 10x that on the back of no material changes or updates.

For the fiscal year ending December 31 2018 it posted just US$789,000 in revenue that translated into a loss of US$4.4 million. It reports it has 380 retailers and 118,000 shoppers signed up to its buy-now-pay-later services worldwide.

According to its prospectus it has 173 million shares on issue to give it a market value around $342 million at $1.98 per share.

Splitit has seen around 30 million shares traded today already which suggests its wild popularity with day traders and speculators is creating a momentum all of its own in a similar way to the likes of Bitcoin and Ripple.

As you’ve probably guessed, I would not suggest jumping on the Splitit bandwagon and I expect even Voltaire’s Dr Pangloss would be a seller on current valuations.

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