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Kape Technologies Plc LSE:KAPE London Ordinary Share IM00BQ8NYV14 ORD USD0.0001
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -1.50 -0.88% 169.50 93,813 13:03:44
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167.00 172.00 171.50 169.50 171.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
  49.81 2.11 1.06 154.0 269
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
13:03:36 O 4,813 168.75 GBX

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Kape Technologies Daily Update: Kape Technologies Plc is listed in the sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker KAPE. The last closing price for Kape Technologies was 171p.
Kape Technologies Plc has a 4 week average price of 168p and a 12 week average price of 168p.
The 1 year high share price is 228p while the 1 year low share price is currently 75.50p.
There are currently 158,507,248 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 352,220 shares. The market capitalisation of Kape Technologies Plc is £269,462,321.60.
rivaldo: Agreed mrnumpty and Volvo. Firstly, Sagi played things out perfectly at Safecharge, with the same dominant stake, and shareholders there (including me!) made a lot of money. Secondly, KAPE are still in a long-term uptrend and the share price has risen well over 200% in less than a year. There are bound to be profit-takers along the way, especially post-results as there usually are. I don't see any reason why KAPE shouldn't resume its climb given the results and prospects. And if it doesn't do so immediately, then that's an opportunity for investors imho.
mrnumpty: Shaker44 . I have never owned Play Tech but , by " Googling " " Teddy Sagi , Forbes " , it seems that he sold almost $ 400 Million of shares in the company in 2016 , and that he sold his remaining stake for a further $ 88 million in 2018 . You are quite right in pointing out the subsequent fall in Play Tech's share price , but this seems to have followed the sale of his holding . Perhaps there might be another factor in the drop in the price of Play Tech but , especially given the dominant position he seems to take in the companies in which he is involved , I don't find it surprising that the price fell . In contrast to what happened at Play Tech , I agree with " volvo's " post earlier today that Teddy Sagi is scarcely likely to be selling any shares at all , both because the virus has created the perfect environment for an increased need for cyber-security and also because the share price of Kape has weakened .
volvo: mrnumpty, as far as I can make out, Tedi Sagi, far from being dodgy is out to make as much cash as possible. He is not going do this by selling off his large controlling fact I doubt he intends to sell 1 share atm. No his end game is to bankroll Kape, as he did with the PIA $96m purchase bridging loan at 5pc, since paid back with mainstream banks loans taken out at 2pc (these banks, Barclays Citi and Bank of Ireland seem happy with Kape's financials btw). Turning Kape into a leading cyber security listed company (more add on acquisitions coming...high quality names imo), before selling it on to the highest bidder... I suggest at a multiple of todays share price. Whats wrong with that? He is looking to mop up, probably 2 or 3 years down the line, and us minor shareholders can hopefully enjoy the ride too. dyor.
mrnumpty: Small Company Share Watch tipster magazine : December 2019 edition stated , when the shares were at £ 1.48 “ Now on a prospective p/e of 12.2 the shares are D-I-R-T cheap ... It has the look of a business set to massively surprise on the upside in 2020 . Even at 200p the p/e would only be 16 . Grab it with both hands “ . Then in the February 2020 edition the magazine commented about Kape’s VPN numbers being in excess of 1.8 million “ the number is only in the foothills of what is possible for consumer IT security products ... Keep on buy list [ at £ 1.88.5 ] “ . These comments by SCSW were BEFORE the Covid crisis hit the West and which provided such a tailwind for Kape’s products . Furthermore , as has been already stated here , Simon Thompson of the Investors’ Chronicle has just rated Kape as a “ buy “ at £ 1.90 . For what it’s worth , my opinion is that the small free float of shares ( only about one-third not owned by directors or institutions ) means that the share price can be volatile . Combined with many private investors following the investing adage of “ buy on the rumour , sell on the news “ before and after last Tuesday’s announcement of half-yearly figures , these two factors explain the recent rise in the share price and the subsequent drop . At every moment with shares , we always have three options : avoid altogether ; buy ; sell . I personally suspect that it is too late to sell because the sellers will soon be cleared , and that many of those traders who sold out will start to re-enter , and that the price will then resume Its upward trend . However , don’t listen to Mr Numpty - do your own research .
xtrmntr: Interim results from Kape Technologies (KAPE:190p), a provider of cyber security software, benefited from the acquisition of Colorado-based Private Internet Access (PIA), a leading provider of virtual private network (VPN) solutions that encrypt and secure internet connections.More important than the headline grapping near doubling of Kape's revenue to US$59m was the 12 per cent increase on a proforma basis, and the eye-catching 47 per cent organic growth in the digital privacy segment, both of which highlight the strong structural growth drivers. The Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to home working are creating a favourable tailwind, too, by bringing into sharp focus concerns relating to digital privacy and security amongst consumers.The increased scale of the business – the group now has almost 2.4m customers – and a focus on reducing PIA's operating costs – synergies are now towards the top end of prior guidance – are also boosting cash profit margins (up by half to 27 per cent). A high retention rate (80 per cent) and exploiting cross-selling opportunities across an enlarged customer base – Kape enjoyed a 15 per cent take-up rate of its premium VPN product amongst new Intego antivirus users in the second quarter – are further profit drivers. These factors explain why cash profits almost trebled to US$16.4m and the directors reiterated full-year guidance (US$£35-38m on revenue of US$120-123m). Attractive cash conversion rates north of 100 per cent helped slash closing net debt by a fifth to US$25.6m and Kape is well on course to be debt free within two years.Kape's share price is 8 per cent shy of my last buy call ('Profit from Kape's chart break-out, 21 May 2020), but is still up fourfold on my entry level in my 2017 Bargain Shares portfolio. A rating of 10 times 2020 cash profit to enterprise value, a third below the rating of market leader Avast (AVST) and a 2020 forward price/earnings (PE) ratio of 15 is hardly exacting. Buy.
earwacks: re Unikmind. In the world of finance there are many CEO's, sponsors/investors etc with some kind of history whether it be deliberately updating software to slow down old devices to persuade unwary customers to unnecessarily buy new equipment, VAT fraud, money laundering share price manipulation, in fact this is documented behaviour of some of the top business in the world. In fact the biggest. I'm almost of the opinion that they make the best investments sadly. All I know about Kape is it is a very cash generative business in a highly competitive growing market and I use their product that is at least as good and competitively priced and efficient as any other. Getting quite cynical about VPN's and having scoured the market and talked to many people in this business sector, I have concluded that a) it is a necessary armour in the fight agains cyber crime, and b) Kape is reasonably priced for around £30 per annum. The recent sells by some directors is of little concern. AVSt directors have been offloading huge amounts of shares this year and the share price continues to romp upwards even after being found out for selling data they are supposed to have been protecting. Kape does have a recent history of wild swings. This is largely because of the trust that owns nearly 70% of the company. Either there is some unpleasant news being concealed or more likely quite a few people are getting the collywabbles before results being expertly exploited as usual by the MM's. Some fairly hefty buying late Friday afternoon.
rivaldo: A bit of buying interest this morning. Not long until the results on 15th September. We already know from the trading update that the results - and the outlook - will be good. Hardly surprising given the vertiginous rise from 50p or so that the share price has had a pause for breath. The realisation that KAPE are still cheap on fundamentals should soon give rise to new highs and a share price approaching the analyst's 260p target.
mrnumpty: There have been some negative posts here and on LSE about Kape , and the share price has fallen back somewhat . However , although it is easy to think that the worst of the lockdown measures due to the Plague are over , and that there is some semblance of normality in this country again , the Plague seems to rising up again in Europe . Also , since the purchase of PIA at the beginning of this year , a very large proportion of Kape’s customers are in the USA , where the Plague is still very much alive . We are now approaching autumn , when the colder weather will again favour the Plague . This continues to provide a headwind for Kape . I suggest that one of the worst developments for Kape would be the announcement of an effective vaccine , but that hasn’t happened yet and there is no guarantee that a vaccine can be developed . Both Small Company Share Watch and Simon Thompson ( the share tipster of Investors’ Chronicle ) , in spite of their differing methods of picking shares , rate Kape as a “ buy “ with a target of around £ 2.60 . Do your own research
mrnumpty: Perhaps others are aware of this , but , in an interview , Ido Erlichman , CEO of Kape tells of his ambition to turn Kape into a $ 1 billion market cap company . That suggests a share price of £ 5 . The interview can be found by going to “ Kape Tech owner “ ( yes , I know that is primarily Teddy Sagi ) , then “ CEO of internet privacy company Kape sets his sights on a $ 1 bn market cap “ . The article is dated 15/1/2020 , therefore it was before Covid-19 caused such devastation but also strengthened the case for internet security by forcing millions to work from home . Good luck all .
chimers: There is a glaring disconnect between the stock market’s miserly valuation of Kape Technologies (KAPE:70p), a provider of cyber security software and a constituent of my 2017 Bargain Shares portfolio when the shares were priced at 47.9p, and the operational performance of the company. Adjust for non-cash amortisation costs of $2m, exceptional costs of $0.5m for integrating the two acquisitions made last year, and almost $1m of share-based payments, and Kape’s underlying pre-tax profit surged by a third to $4.85m on revenue up 24 per cent to $29.9m in the first half of 2019. Key metrics are all moving in a positive direction: retention rates improved by 8 percentage points to 82 per cent, one of the highest rates in the industry, highlighting a high level of customer satisfaction; 347,000 new customers were added in the period to take the subscriber base to 1.02m of the 1.2m paying users, the vast majority of which signed up for three-year subscriptions; and forecast cash flow to be generated from the existing user base has increased to $45m over the next three years. Moreover, the integration of the October 2018 acquisition of Berlin-based ZenMate, a digital privacy company focused on encrypting and securing internet connections and protecting individuals' privacy and digital data through virtual private networks (VPNs), is working out incredibly well. That business is now operating profitably, and benefiting from Kape’s digital marketing expertise and improvements made to its product offering. These include the launch of ZenMate Pulse, a comprehensive web firewall extension that protects against pop-up ads, trackers, phishing schemes, malware and malvertising. This segment of the cyber security market is a core driver of Kape’s growth. Since acquiring CyberGhost, a leading cyber security software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of VPNs, in March 2017, Kape has more than trebled its user base and CyberGhost is on course to account for almost $30m of Shore Capital’s full-year group revenue estimate of $72m. On this basis, expect a 43 per cent increase in Kape’s adjusted pre-tax profits to $12.6m to produce earnings per share (EPS) of 6.8¢ (5.5p), up from 5¢ in 2018. It’s hardly surprising that Kape’s product suite is in demand given the increase in cyber crime, which has made internet users far more careful about protecting their data online. Cyberhost and Zenmate accounted for three-quarters of all new users signed up in the first half, and the heady growth rate shows no sign of abating given that the global VPN market is projected to post compound annual growth of 18 per cent until 2022 when it could be worth $35.7bn, according to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer research data. Chief executive Ido Erlichman also pointed out during our results call that last summer’s $16m acquisition of Intego, a Mac and iOS cybersecurity and malware protection software-as-a-service (SaaS) business, is performing well, too, adding further weight to Shore Capital’s full-year numbers. Operational improvements aside, Intego’s profile in the industry has benefited from positive media coverage after Kape's macOS security analyst team discovered a number of important malware security threats for Apple users: OSX/CrescentCore malware, which installs malicious Safari extension software, and OSX/Linker, which seeks to capitalise on existing macOS Gatekeeper security flaws. True, Kape invested $7.1m of cash in new customer acquisitions, but the average payback period is only 15 months and, on a three-year subscription, cumulative revenue earned is 1.9 times its marketing investment, a very healthy return. I also like the fact that Kape is primarily focused on driving organic growth and maximising returns from previous acquisitions, although with a cash pile of $36.4m (20.6p a share), the directors have ample firepower. Strip out cash from the share price and the price/earnings (PE) ratio is only 9, a ridiculously low valuation for a company that remains well on track to deliver another step change in profitability in 2020 when Shore Capital predicts Kape will report revenue of $83m, pre-tax profit of $16.3m and EPS of 9.2¢ (7.4p). On that basis, the forward cash-adjusted PE ratio is only 7. Strong buy.
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