The Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) share price is having a fortnight to remember.
At close of trade yesterday, shares in the buy now, pay later (BNPL) service are trading for $126.64 – up 3.3% on the previous day and 10.4% over the last 2 weeks. Compared with the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO), which is up 2.3% in the same time, it is a rather impressive feat.
So, what’s going on? Let’s take a closer look.
Why the Afterpay share price is rising?
The deal is entirely in scrip. For every 1 Afterpay share an investor owns, they will receive 0.375 shares of Square. At the time, Square shares were worth US$247.26, implying a transaction price of $126.21 per Afterpay share.
Since then, the Square share price has been on the rise. Just in the last 2 weeks, shares in the company have appreciated 10.4%. Taking into account fluctuating exchange rates between the US and Australia, it pretty much matches the rise in the Afterpay share price.
This makes sense. Afterpay now has a fixed value, and that’s 0.375 times the value of Square’s shares. Afterpay shares will move in the same direction, and at the same rate, as those of its soon-to-be buyer.
The deal will not be finalised until the third quarter of FY22, so this should continue for some time to come.
So why is the Square share price lifting?
As explained by The Motley Fool, the Square share price is on the rise because of expectations.
The company is due to report its Q3 earnings next week, and analysts are tipping them to be a stellar result for the company. The Motley Fool Australia’s own Scott Phillips likes to say earnings season is more about expectations than results. Investors think Square is going to report good results and want to get on that gravy train early.
And if Square is doing well, then the Afterpay share price is doing well.