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Kape Technologies Plc LSE:KAPE London Ordinary Share IM00BQ8NYV14 ORD USD0.0001
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  -3.50 -1.78% 193.50 241,181 16:01:45
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  49.81 2.11 1.06 170.7 299
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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 197p.
Kape Technologies Plc has a 4 week average price of 167p and a 12 week average price of 98.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 214p while the 1 year low share price is currently 64.50p.
There are currently 154,597,657 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 2,142,518 shares. The market capitalisation of Kape Technologies Plc is £299,146,466.30.
rivaldo: It's pretty obvious there's been a seller out there for a while - unsurprisingly given the share price rise! The research Buy note and Simon Thompson's tip have taken the edge off the overhang, but evidently not cleared it yet. When it does - hopefully soon since volumes have been high - then KAPE can resume its progress. In the meantime it's an opportunity to buy stock more easily assuming investors should be confident of growth given recent RNS updates.
rivaldo: Here's Ardens's summary FYI from their new Buy note with the 260p target: "Kape Technologies Buy Target Price: 260p AGM statement upbeat; co on track; Buy We reiterate our Buy rating on signs of good progress in integrating PIA and solid growth in the group’s user base. Management’s AGM statement reiterated its prior guidance for the year (our forecasts are inline), albeit maintaining a close eye on market conditions given the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s share price has risen 20% YTD and now trades on 16.6x FY20E P/E and 3.3x EV/sales. Our estimates are unchanged but we take the opportunity to up our TP to 260p (implying 4x FY20E EV/sales) from 208p, reflecting robust momentum within the group and highly supportive trading and capital market conditions. Management’s commentary highlights good momentum in user growth of 19% YoY during April as the group has capitalised on strong underlying trading conditions. Traditional seasonality for VPN sales within the business is weighted to H2’20. Given the current scale of working from home practices across COVID-19 pandemic-impacted markets, we view user growth as well underpinned for the remainder of the year with the April figure demonstrating encouraging progress. Management also reported that it remains confident on delivering the US$3.5m-US$4.5m of synergies from the integration of PIA, which continues to plan. The two groups’ server architecture (the backbone of its service delivery) is now complete, allowing an improved user service. Importantly, management highlights an encouraging uplift of new user growth rates since applying its user acquisition practices to PIA’s product suite. The product roadmap continues to progress and the group highlights the implementation of its new encryption protocol (WireGuard) has accelerated the speed of its Digital Privacy (VPN) division solutions by 30% relative to its prior state. We are also particularly encouraged by good initial feedback from beta trials of a cross-platform feature aimed at improving retention. Within the Digital Security division, the group aims to launch endpoint security solutions for Windows, expanding on its MacOS products, in Q2’2020."
mrnumpty: Rivaldo . Thanks for keeping us up to date with the announcement just now by Simon Thompson , with his increased price target . I subscribe to Investors’ Chronicle , but hadn’t checked e-mails . I’ll be very glad if I appear a numpty with my suggestion earlier today that the share price might temporarily retrace a bit . If the price had fallen much , I would have increased my holding as I see this as a company at the right place at the right time . Good luck all .
mrnumpty: qs99 expresses concern that the share price might recede after this morning's AGM RNS . To me , too , this seems plausible , as it would follow the old stock market dictum of " buy on the rumour , sell on the news " . If that should happen , given that I have great faith in this Company , I would buy the dip and increase my holding . Something which reinforces my confidence in Kape is that it is tipped as a " buy " by both Simon Thompson ( the small cap share tipster of the Investors' Chronicle ) and Small Company Share watch ( SCSW ) , even though their approaches seem quite different : Simon Thompson always seems dispassionate and mathematical in his incremental approach , whereas SCSW often gets more excited about the potential of the companies which it tips . The December 2019 edition of SCSW , which reached subscribers early in the month , stated in its update on Kape " It has the look of a business set to massively surprise on the upside in 2020 . Even at 200p the PE would be only be 16 . Grab it with both hands " . That of course was before Covid unleashed itself on the world but , regardless of the tragic and devastating effect of this plague on our world , Covid has increased the need for Kape's products . Incidentally , another company which is liked by both Investors' Chronicle and SCSW is Kromek , whose shares remain fairly static . All the best , do your own research .
johnwise: 21/05/2020 7:00am Kape Technologies PLC AGM Statement RNS Number : 5401N
mrnumpty: Today’s Sunday Telegraph Business section has an article on the front page titled “ Employers may ditch fifth of office space to slash spending “ . It states “ Businesses will abandon up to a fifth of their office space as part of a permanent shift towards working from home , experts are predicting , amid claims there will never be a ‘ back-to-normal ‘ . Andy Pyle , head of U.K. real estate at KPMG , said ... “ my guess is that the fall would be somewhere between 10 to 20 % , on an individual company level on average “ . A string of major employers have learnt mass remote working is easier than feared and are already preparing to cut costs by reducing their office estates “ . There is a full-page article on page 5 called “ Workers eye a permanent flight from the office : the painless switch to home working means that an end to lockdown may herald a jobs revolution “ . Obviously these newspaper articles only apply to the U.K. , whereas Kape also operates in the USA and elsewhere in Europe , but one can presume that this applies to those markets , too . Reply to ‘ rivaldo ‘ : the answer to the name of the Miton fund is no doubt that you are right , and that the name on the Hargreaves Lansdown site is wrong or out-of-date - given that Hargreaves is a FTSE 100 company , I don’t find their share price graphs and information very exiting . Also , I haven’t yet received my SCSW - as we subscribe to the same mag , that’s probably why I see a lot of your posts . Best of luck all .
rivaldo: Today's RNS shows KAPE will be one of the few beneficiaries of this crisis.... Https:// "As a result of the restrictions being imposed on movement across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increase in both remote and home working, Kape has seen increased demand for its products. This has been especially apparent within the Group's digital privacy division, and in particular Kape's VPN offering has experienced increased demand globally but most notably from North America and Europe".
mrnumpty: 12strings . Thanks for the pleasant reply . Glad to see that , today at least , I was wrong about the share price , as it went up . However , having been out all day I was unaware that Simon Thompson of the Investors’ chronicle tipped Kape today ( thanks too to rivaldo for mentioning the tip by Simon Thompson - I’ll read it online in a moment p ) . I expect that today’s rise will drift down in the next few days , as is normally the case with share tips at the best of times . I subscribe to both Investors’ Chronicle and Small Company Share Watch , both of which are keen on Kape .
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.
mrnumpty: Although it is a completely different company , operating in a completely different market , it might be worth looking at Anexo , an insurance provider , which floated last year . Just as with Kape , the shares of Anexo were / are very tightly held ( at the moment , the five significant shareholders ( over 3 % ) hold 87.48 % of Anexo's shares ) . After the floatation , Anexo's shares rose nicely until they were hit at the end of last October , when unhelpful comments about inflation and interest rate policy by the new head of the US Federal Reserve hit stock markets globally . As I commented in my post of 2/4/2019 on the ADVFN chat site , the fact that so few of Anexo's shares were available on the open market would tend to have a magnifying effect on share price movements , both up or down . Fortunately , events proved me right when , just afterwards , Anexo released good figures and the share price recovered abruptly . Kape's website shows that the three significant shareholders hold a similarly dominant percentage of the shares ( 82.29 % ) . Perhaps I'm just an old Numpty , but I suggest / hope that , when Kape reports positive progress , the lack of availability of the shares on the market will have a similar magnifying effect . Do your own research .
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