Stock Sonar #53 - 4/17/2024

Alphawave (LSE:AWE) — mrkt cap £904mm; Price £1.24; EV/EBITDA 13.1

STARTER POSITION INITIATED. In our most recent stock report, we discussed AWE. Although we believed it was a promising company to capitalize on burgeoning AI networking trends, we found assessing its competitive positioning challenging and did not take a position. Recently, AWE guided for lower revenues in 2024, which led to a significant 30% decline in share price. This adjustment was primarily attributable to a strategic reduction in exposure to Chinese markets. Concurrently, AWE announced several design victories with top-tier AI and Data Center clients, focusing on cutting-edge chip technologies. These achievements mark initial indicators of AWE’s ability to compete with established industry leaders such as Broadcom and Marvell. Following the recent price drop, we have initiated a starter position in the company.

Match Group (NAS:MTCH) — mrkt cap $8.7B; Price $32.4; EV/EBITDA 11.3

PASS. MTCH, an online/app dating conglomerate, has declined roughly 85% from its all-time high in 2021. Owning major platforms like Tinder, Hinge, and Plenty of Fish, the online dating market has evolved from high turnover to a more oligopoly-like structure, dominated by Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, and Grinder. MTCH faces challenges as Tinder, which generates about 60% of its revenue, has stalled following monetization efforts, casting doubt on its ongoing popularity. Conversely, Hinge, known for its efficient matching algorithm, is growing rapidly and might compensate for declines in other areas. MTCH exemplifies the complexities of managing a conglomerate where some subsidiaries grow while others may shrink, making the overall calculus difficult. MTCH is especially challenging since the overlapping target markets of its subsidiaries pose a risk of cannibalization. Although the valuation might attract some, the inherent difficulties lead us to pass.

MDA Ltd. (TO:MDA) — mrkt cap $1.7B; Price $14.28; EV/EBITDA 12

MORE RESEARCH NEEDED. MDA has served as a provider of advanced space technology services to the global space industry for several decades. The company’s offerings encompass a wide range of technologies, including space robotics, antennas, and engineering payloads. Recently, MDA has benefited from the trend of decreasing costs in space flights, coupled with increased government expenditure. This has resulted in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% in revenues over the past four years. With positive trends and a reasonable valuation, we plan to meet with Investor Relations (IR) to discuss the company’s strategic direction and gain deeper insights into their execution capabilities. The trends are positive and the valuation is not demanding. We will be meeting with IR to discuss in depth the company’s strategy and execution.

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