Here’s why both these companies are in my buy zone right now:
Local Australian telco, Vocus specialises in providing fibre and networking solutions. Its services also include fixed broadband, data centre services and Unified Communications. Vocus has a small presence in the residential sector for fixed broadband. However, it mainly targets the enterprise, government, wholesale and small business markets.
Vocus’ retail division has struggled in recent years due to the tight margins associated with wholesaling fixed broadband services under Australia’s National Broadband Network. However, I believe a three-year turnaround strategy is positioning Vocus well for solid, long-term growth. The telco is now beyond the mid-point of this growth strategy.
Last month, Vocus reiterated its FY 2020 guidance with EBITDA anticipated to be in the range of $359 million to $369 million. On another positive note, the company anticipates that its core Network Services business will see EBITDA growth of 10% during FY 2020.
Vocus is also well positioned to capitalise on the rollout of 5G services over the next few years. This is due to its market position as a specialist fibre and network services provider. This, I believe, will further strengthen Vocus’ growth potential over the next few years.
The Vocus share price has risen more than 60% from its March low and is currently trading at $2.96. This is still considerably less than its pre-pandemic high of $3.86.
Another company I think could make a good addition to your ASX share portfolio this month is Nearmap.
Nearmap is an Australian aerial imagery and specialist location data company. It provides geospatial map technology for enterprise and government customers across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. It has been growing strongly over the past few years, especially in the US market.
Nearmap’s customer base, in particular, continues to climb higher. This ASX tech share is now anticipating closing FY 2020 with an actual cash value (ACV) portfolio of between $103 – $107 million, on a constant currency basis. Customer churn for Nearmap is now below 10% on a 12-month rolling basis. This is a pleasing reduction from the 11.5% that it reported at the end of 2019.
I believe there is strong growth potential for Nearmap over the next three to five years, especially in the massive US market.
This growth will be assisted by the recent launch its new artificial intelligence (AI) product, which targets a range of industries including insurance, utility and local government. The Nearmap share price is currently trading at $2.37 which is 175% up from its March low but well below the highs of over $3 seen last year.
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