Cloudbuy(LSE: CBUY) a world-leading business to business ecommerce marketplaceis surging today, after announcing a three-year contract in Hong Kong and fundraising.
In particular, the company has signed a three year contract with a major financial institution located in Hong Kong.The contract has a minimum value of $550,000 for the initial implementation and will be populated with 3000 suppliers which already use the partners services.
Commenting on contract announcement,Ronald Duncan, Chairman of cloudBuy plc said:
This is the first cloudBuy emarketplace to be signed in Hong Kong and will expand our services across AsiaThe regional roll out represents a significant opportunity to grow our revenues in this vibrant and technology hungry market where B2B ecommerce is taking off.
Alongside yesterdays contract announcement, cloudBuy also announced that it has raised 4.3m through a placing tostrengthen its balance sheet and for working capital purposes. Whats really interesting is the fact that cloudBuy sold its shares in the placing at a 13% premium to the market price, which indicates a strong demand for the companys shares.
The placing will help cloudBuy fund its expansion across Asia in conjunction withVisa Worldwide Asia Pacific.
An interesting play
After yesterdays set of updates, cloudBuy now looks to be attractive at current levels as the company is well funded and set for growth. That being said, for some the companys valuation may be too rich as cloudBuy is currently trading at a 2015 P/E of 46.5.
Nevertheless, the companys revenue is set tomore thandouble over the next two years, from 3.0m as reported last year, to 7.2m for 2015. So, for growth investors cloudBuy is defiantly attractive.
Additionally, yesterdays placing at a 13% premium to the market price indicates to me that investors believe in cloudBuys management and business model.
But despite cloudBuys rapid growth and apparent demand for the companys shares, it remains to be seen if the company can meet City forecasts.
Indeed, cloudBuy has been unable to make a profit for the last five years and losses have only increased since 2011. The company is slated to report a loss of 1.5m for 2014, followed by a small profit of 900,000 for 2015.
Unfortunately, if cloudBuy fails to complete a key contract, or sees demand for its services fall, the company is unlikely to meet City predictions. As cloudBuy is trading at such a high forward P/E its likely that the companys shares will take a dive if management fail to hit City targets.
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The recent news flow from cloudBuy has been positive but the company still has a long way to go.
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