Nuvei: BMO Raises Price Target To $59 Following Preliminary Results

On February 5th, Nuvei Corp (TSX: NVEI) announced preliminary fourth-quarter numbers. They announced total revenue to be between $114 – $118 million, EBITDA between $50 – $52 million, and an operating profit between $16.5 – $19.5 million.

Nuvei currently has 13 analysts covering the company with a weighted 12-month price target of $65. This is up from the average at the end of January, which was $54.87. Only one analyst has a strong buy rating, while eight have buy ratings, and the last four analysts have hold ratings.

Below are the analyst changes since the news release:

  • Scotiabank raises target price to C$83 from C$71
  • CIBC raises target price to C$90 from C$76

On the 5th, BMO Capital Markets analyst James Fotheringham raised their 12-month price target to C$59 from C$57 and reiterated their market perform rating. He writes, “Following NVEI’s 4Q20 positive pre-announcement, we raise our estimates by up to 13% due to higher expected revenues (from faster volume growth and mix shift to more e-commerce business).” He adds that Nuvei is exceptionally positioned for the e-commerce growth that has been accelerated by the pandemic but worries that with the stock being up 120% from IPO, about “the vulnerability of its valuation multiple.”

Nuvei’s implied core earnings per share are $0.24, which is 20% above BMO’s estimate, while revenue and EBITDA are coming in much higher and Fotheringham writes, “revenues appear driven by faster volume growth (partly offset by a lower take rate).” He adds that the fourth quarter volume growth is 50% year over year, while e-commerce accounts for 80% of total volume. He writes, “We expect e-commerce volume growth to remain elevated throughout 1H21E, then moderate in 2H21E as activity normalizes.”

Below you can see BMO’s key changes to full-year 2020 and 2021 estimates. Fotheringham comments, “We raise our NVEI core EPS estimates by 11% in 2020E (to $0.46 from $0.41), 13% in 2021E (to $1.05 from $0.93), and 11% in 2022E (to $1.20 from $1.08); higher than previously-modeled revenues more than offset higher expected operating costs.”

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