Monitise (LSE: MONI) shares rose more than 10% to a high of 35p when markets opened this morning, after the firm announced an extension to its existing commercial relationships with Santander, Telefnica and MasterCard.
Monitise also revealed that these firms will collectively subscribe for 49.2m of new shares, at a price of 30.5p per share.
Todays announcement is good news in the sense that it should provide Monitise with enough cash to keep it going until 2016, when it expects to report some kind of profit. The three firms involved are all heavyweight players in the global payments market, so have the potential to drive significant transaction volumes.
However, Im concerned that this is basically just a cash call in disguise: Santander, Telefnica and MasterCard were already partners with Monitise, and this mornings announcement is very vague when it comes to the details of the proposed new collaborations.
In my view, theres very little thats new here, except the cash. This view is strengthened by the news that the 49.2m will also give Santander and Telefnica the right to appoint a non-executive director to the Monitise board.
Existing Monitise shareholders might want to consider the fact that their share of the firm will be significantly diluted again as the new shares will enlarge the firms share capital by 8.2%.
Monitise reiterated its previous guidance in this mornings announcement, which should reassure shareholders.
Revenue is expected to rise by at least 25% this year, compared to 31% growth last year, and the firm expects to report positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in 2016.
Perhaps the biggest challenge, however, is user growth: Monitise is targeting 200m users by the end of the 2018 financial year, up from 30m at the end of June 2014. That implies user growth of around 60% per year between now and 2018, compared to 30% user growth last year.
Is Monitise a buy on todays news?
I think that Monitises current 650m market capis ample, given the firms demanding growth targets.
Monitiseburned through 61m of cash last year, and shareholders still face the risk of continued dilution from further fundraising.
Monitises technology may be sound, but Im less convinced about the investment case, and I believe that the big profits have already been made for Monitise investors: between 2010 and the start of 2014, the firms share price rose by nearly 400% but its halved since January.
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Roland Head has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Monitise. We Fools don’t all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.