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From Hero to XERO? Or Prime buying opportunity?


Xero Limited (ASX: XRO)

What’s gonna be more fun? Doing a walkabout to your favourite Maccas and Bottleo? Or the most popular share (XRP) on EasyEquities Australia, giving you a prime buying opportunity?

So, what’s the deal?

The online accounting and business services company released its full-year results ending 31 March 2021 (FY21) on Thursday the 13th of May 2021. Although Xero impressed with its earnings results across the top and bottom-line, the share price closed 13% lower by the closing bell.

The selloff was driven mainly by the operating earnings that fell short of analyst’s expectations, much higher guidance on operating expenditure and inflationary fears that sent the broader tech sector lower. The move lower, on Xero, has now prompted "buy the dip” market participants to enter the fold and look for opportunities.

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When looking closer at Xero Limited, we can see that the company is carving its way out to be a leader in the field of cloud accounting. Its latest FY21 showed an impressive 20% growth in the total number of subscribers while revenue increased 18% despite a challenging year.

Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) share overview:

  • Sector: Information Technology
  • Market Cap of AU$ 17.56 billion.
  • Price/Earnings (TTM): 920.6x
  • Earnings Per Share: AU$ 0.128
  • Price/Book: 25.5x
  • Beta (2Y): 0.52
  • 52 Week Range low of AU$ 75.00 and AU$ 157.99 per share high.

The cloud accounting company will also continue to re-invest heavily for growth which could see some headwinds in the short term while valuations remain high.

The valuations might be a bit rich for the average value investor considering Xero has a P/E ratio of 920.6 x which, has overtaken its peer group by some margin, as seen in the chart from the ASX below.



Outlook – “Big Banking” is getting in on the action, with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley retained their positions in Xero. The investment conglomerate Goldman Sachs stated that the recent weakness in the Xero share price looks to be a buying opportunity. “In our view, Xero delivered a positive FY21 result, with revenue +2% ahead of GSe, as the company showed stronger sub growth across all key markets, without sacrificing unit economics. Sub momentum also improved across 2H21 (i.e. record March) and churn declined meaningfully (despite the growth).” – Goldman Sachs.

Morgan Stanley remains overweight on Xero but did reduce its target price outlook to AU$135.00 per share after the Xero earnings release. Morgan Stanley “feels the market has overreacted to Xero's investment plans. It believes the strategy of re-investing is the right thing to do and will help it maintain a leadership position over the long term. It points out that this strategy helped it unseat previous market leader MYOB in the past.” - James Mickleboro.

Chart Life

For our technical investors, we have a couple of technical price points and levels to take note of after the noticeable price decline after the earnings release. The rapped decline has caused a price gap between the closing price of AU$ 134.88 and the following day's opening price of AU$ 120.00.

Technicians will watch this closely for a “gap fill", which could support higher prices if the price action remains above the major support level of AU$ 107.33 per share. The average analyst price target expectation (red line) is around AU$ 119.12 per share.


Portfolio particulars

  • Portfolio Hold (Current)*
  • Portfolio Buy opportunity: above AU$ 107.00 support**
  • WhatsTheBeef long term target price: AU$ 130.00 per share.

Informed decisions

EasyResearch expects some near-term headwinds for Xero heading into the next earnings report while the company continues to re-invest for growth. Looking through the smog, the long-term outlook remains positive, that Xero will continue to beat expectations and dominate this space.

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Sources: EasyResearch, Xero Limited, Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), James Mickleboro, Koyfin, Market Index, Simply Wall Street, Bloomberg.

Take note: stock data was taken on 18/05/2021 after the ASX market close.

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