WiseTech shares go ballistic after FY20 results

- August 19, 2020 3 MIN READ
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  • Revenue up 23% on FY19 to $429.4m
  • Operating profit flat at $80.5m 
  • Net profit after tax up 197% to $160.8m
  • Underlying NPAT flat at $52.6 million
  • Dividend of 1.6 cents per share
Shares in Sydney-based logistics tech company WiseTech Global skyrocketed 34% on Wednesday following the release of its 2020 financial year results.

The Company (ASX: WTC) reported a Statutory Net Profit after Tax (NPAT) of $160.8 million, up 197% on FY19, but nearly two-thirds of that figure came from “a non-cash, non-taxed fair value gain of $111 million generated as a result of the renegotiation of acquisition earnout obligations and adjustments in the first half of 2020 (1H20)”.

Excluding this fair value gain and associated finance costs of $2.9 million (net of tax), FY20 underlying NPAT was flat on FY19 at $52.6 million.

The company said that figure reflected increased investment in research and development and the amortisation of acquisitions, which resulted in a 66% increase in depreciation and amortisation.

Gross profit increased by $64.3m, up 23%, to $345.9m, which WiseTech said was “mainly driven by organic revenue growth and the full period impact of the FY19 acquisitions”. Gross profit margin remained steady at 81%.

The company also uses a non-statutory measure called NPATA, which is defined as “net profit after tax attributable to equity holders of the parent before acquired amortisation net of tax, contingent consideration interest unwind (net of tax) and fair value changes to contingent consideration”.

Annotations in the WiseTech results say NPATA “is a primary measure used by the Chief Operating Decision Maker (CODM) for the purpose of assessing the Group’s performance”.

NPATA was up 3% to $64.6 million.

WiseTech founder and CEO, Richard Whit the business has remained resilient, delivering solid revenue and EBITDA growth in FY20, in line with its guidance.

“Importantly, our CargoWise platform has continued to deliver strong revenue growth in FY20 through increased usage by existing customers and growth in new customer numbers,” he said.

“Our strategic acquisitions over the past three years have further extended our market reach, enabling us to increase our penetration of the $13 trillion5 global logistics and supply chain market. COVID-19 market disruptions have provided a long-term tailwind for growing our market share as the need for digitalisation across the global logistics execution market accelerates and significantly increases the value and demand for CargoWise.”

WiseTech said it initially saw volatility in global logistics markets and a marked slowdown in the movement of goods across all modes of transport, with lower transaction volumes recorded in late January and February due to the COVID-19 impact in China, and in March through to May due to the impact in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and the Americas.

“This resulted in forfeited revenue growth of an estimated $10 million to $20 million in 2H20,” the company said, adding that by the end of July, CargoWise user numbers were close to pre-COVID-19 levels.

The Company reported total revenue growth of 23% in FY20 (FY20: $429.4 million; FY19: $348.3 million).

CargoWise delivered revenue growth of 20% in FY20. Acquired businesses contributed 29% of growth, driven predominantly by the full-year impact of the 14 acquisitions completed in FY19 and the five acquisitions completed in FY20.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew 17% to $126.7 million and includes a one-time EBITDA benefit of $6.4 million.

WiseTech declared a dividend of 1.6 cents per share, down on last year’s 1.95 cents.

The company said it is anticipating revenue growth in the range of 9-19%, $470-510 million, and EBITDA growth of 22-42% ($155-180 million).

Just a week ago analysts at Bell Potter and City moved their advice on WiseTech to sell, with Bell Potter lowering its price target to $17.75. Following the results Bell Potter moved its price target to $25, but kept the sell recommendation.

Meanwhile, investors lapped up WiseTech shares, which jumped 33.93% to $27.87 on Wednesday to be the ASX’s biggest mover.

WiseTech is one of the most shorted stocks on the ASX. It’s one of the top five ASX tech stocks – the W in WAAAX – and has seen its share price range between $38 last September and $11.80 when the market bottomed in March this year.