The Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) and Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) share prices both experienced falls following the release of their business updates. Despite both having partially rebounded since then, they are still trading below their pre-market update prices. Given the strong historic share price performance of these 2 market darlings, could this sell off still represent an opportunity to buy for the long term?
Altium business update
In Altium’s most recent business update on 12 May, the company’s CEO Aram Mirkazemi commented:
As the governments of the US and Western Europe continue to wrestle with containing the virus, we believe that the prolongation of restrictions is likely to impact Altium during May and June. While engineers are actively doing prototype designs, and the electronics industry is holding up relatively well, the cash preservation priorities of small to medium size businesses are likely to affect the timing of closing sales in our typically strongest months of the year being May and especially June.
The update also went on to state that Altium is highly unlikely to achieve its long-term aspirational goal of US$200 million revenue for the full year.
So is the Altium share price in the buy zone?
Following this disappointing yet not entirely unexpected news, the Altium share price fell a little over 5% last week before rebounding this week to close the gap to only 3% lower than its pre-market update price. Its market darling status allowed the company to avoid what could have otherwise been a more significant sell off.
The key risks facing prospective Altium investors are the company’s current expensive valuation and the unknowns regarding its May and June performance. I would personally avoid Altium shares at this point in time and wait for more concrete information regarding how it fares over the coming months. Having said that, I also believe its high profile market status could result in investors largely ignoring the company’s short-term headwinds. This may allow Altium’s share price to remain more stable during this volatile period.
Xero’s full year earnings
At face value, Xero delivered a strong full year result that highlighted a 30% increase in operating revenue, a 26% increase in subscribers and a maiden net profit of NZ$3.3 million. However, the company outlined the difficult times ahead for many of its clients due to the ongoing economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Xero noted that March trading resulted in some reduction in annualised monthly recurring revenue as many of its small business customers were hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions. That said, many other fintech companies such as Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) and Tyro Payments Ltd (ASX: TYR) also witnessed sales and transaction values trough in March, before rebounding in April.
Is the current Xero share price in the buy zone?
There are plenty of growth avenues and areas of planned strategic investment to support Xero’s continued success over the long term. This was outlined in its full year presentation, with key areas of strategic focus including driving cloud accounting, expanding its small business platform and building the company for global scale and innovation.
Personally, I believe its future opportunities and global expansion still make Xero an appealing long-term investment, despite its current, eye-watering valuation.
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Lina Lim has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Tyro Payments and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO and Altium. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.
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