Are you wanting to buy ASX shares today but are unsure where to look? Below are two ASX shares I would consider placing $5000 in for the next 3–5 years.
Medical Developments International Ltd (ASX: MVP)
Familiarity is a great place to start when looking at what shares to buy. On the other hand, investing in an esoteric business can make you feel disconnected from the company. This can easily lead to a panic sale from a bump in the road. While Medical Developments may not be a household name, there’s a chance you’ve either used or heard of its products.
Medical Developments’ flagship product is the ‘green whistle’. Less commonly known as the drug Penthrox. Penthrox has been reining superior over other pain relief drugs as it’s fast-acting, non-addictive and self-administered. Its growth has, therefore, exploded in Australia and overseas, being used by paramedics, medical practitioner the defence force and more.
Medical Developments announced that it expects any negative impact caused by COVID-19 to be limited. In the last month alone it announced the approval for the sale of Penthrox in Thailand, Netherlands, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Hungary.
The list of countries where Penthrox is sold is growing fast, while sales are continuing to grow strongly in its first market, Australia. However, Penthorx only accounts for a little over half its revenue with the remaining coming from its medical devices segment. This segment accounts for medical devices including Space Chambers, masks and Breath-Alert Peak-Flow meters. These are also growing strongly in Australia with 1H20 up by approximately 45% compared to the prior corresponding period.
Its share price has rebounded strongly over the past two months following the market low at the end of March. However, it still has some 39% to go to reach its share price high prior to the market crash.
Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL)
Aristocrat Leisure is a gaming technology company which operates in over 90 countries. Its land-based business serving a range of products including electronic gaming machines and casino management systems saw revenue fall 6% in its recent half-year results. However, its digital portfolio which offers a range of apps is still growing strongly and was up 19% for the 6 months to 31 March 2020.
Aristocrat’s shares are trading at just over half of what they were in February. This is after another fall following the release of results which were short of consensus expectations. However, North America and New Zealand venues plan to open again through a phased approach in May and June while the larger Australian states look to re-open in July.
The steady re-opening will see its land-based businesses begin to return to somewhat normal. Although, there’s no knowing how long this may take. While this plays out, I believe Aristocrat’s digital business can continue to grow strongly, making this, in my eyes, a great time to buy shares and open a position in the company.