Some tech stocks inundate investors with press releases, hoping it will juice their share price. Then there are tech stocks that perform well because they report strong financial results and strong outlooks. Digital Turbine Inc (NASDAQ:APPS) fits perfectly in the latter category.
The Austin, Texas-based software company reported its best December quarter results in the company’s history and expects full-year 2019 revenue to increase 37.7% year-over-year. Strong financials and a solid outlook have helped Digital Turbine stock advance 166% since October 2018 and 73% since the start of 2019. By all accounts, this is just the beginning for Digital Turbine’s gains in 2019.
Digital Turbine Inc Overview
When it comes to mobile apps, Digital Turbine Inc is a little bit like Big Brother, but the good kind; one that points you in the right direction, not the leader of a totalitarian state. Digital Turbine helps the right app get to the right person at the right time. (Source: “About Us,” Digital Turbine Inc, last accessed March 13, 2019.)
The company provides products and solutions for mobile operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), app advertisers, and mobile publishers. Digital Turbine’s products help brands and app developers acquire targeted users and promote their brands; turning online visitors into returning customers.
Digital Turbine has delivered more than 1.56 billion sponsored app installs, on more than 160 million devices, in more than 190 countries, for hundreds of advertisers. (Source: Ibid.)
|Digital Turbine Stock Information|
|Market Cap||$244.4 million|
|Shares Outstanding||78.6 million|
|50-Day Moving Average||$2.77|
|200-Day Moving Average||$1.89|
(Source: “Digital Turbine, Inc. (APPS),” Yahoo! Finance, last accessed March 14, 2019.)
APP stock started its bullish trend in early November, after reporting 50% second-quarter revenue growth, improved gross margins, and continued positive adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA).
Since then, Digital Turbine stock has been on a tear, up 166% since early October and up 73% since the start of 2019.
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Q3 Revenue Up 34%, Significantly Narrows Losses
On February 5, Digital Turbine announced that revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, ended December 31, 2018, increased 34% year-over-year to $30.4 million. Global revenue-per-device (RPD) was up seven percent while U.S. RPD jumped 41%. (Source: “Digital Turbine Reports Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results,” Digital Turbine Inc, February 5, 2019.)
The company reported a third-quarter net loss of $1.1 million ($0.01 per share), compared to a loss of $4.8 million ($0.07 per share) in the third quarter of 2018.
Third-quarter adjusted net income was $3.0 million ($0.04 per share) versus a loss of $0.8 million ($0.01 per share) in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal third quarter was $3.8 million, compared to roughly zero in Q3 2018.
“Our December quarter was easily the strongest in the Company’s history across a wide range of operational and financial metrics,” said CEO Bill Stone.
“More impressively, we were able to deliver these strong quarterly results amid a relatively weak U.S. smartphone market…” (Source: Ibid.)
During the second half of the year, Digital Turbine renewed its partnership agreements with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), and Cricket Wireless LLC.
The company also added several high-profile advertisers, including Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and LinkedIn. It also inked a new multi-year partnership agreement with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (OTCMKTS:SSNLF, KRX:005930).
“Solid execution over the past twelve months has positioned the company well for continuing growth and expanding profitability going forward,” said Stone. (Source: Ibid.)
To that end, Digital Turbine expects to report full-year fiscal 2019 revenue of between $102.5 million and $103.5 million. At the midpoint, that represents year-over-year growth of 37.7%.
That also represents another year of strong double-digit revenue growth. In 2018, revenue was up 86% year-over-year at $74.8 million. (Source: “Digital Turbine Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Full Year 2018 Results,” Digital Turbine Inc, June 12, 2018.)
It also expects to report full-year adjusted EBITDA of between $7.3 million and $7.8 million. In fiscal-year 2018, Digital Turbine reported adjusted EBITDA of $2.6 million.
What’s not to like? Digital Turbine Inc reported strong third-quarter results that saw it top its own revenue and earnings estimates.
Digital Turbine has a strong cash position, is renewing lucrative partnership agreements, and has signed on new high-profile advertisers; all of which is a testament to the value the company brings to advertisers, operators, and device OEMs.
Trading around $3.10 at the time of this writing, Digital Turbine stock is, by current definitions, a penny stock (for the sake of inflation, that definition includes stocks trading under $10.00).
But at its current pace, APPS stock may not be a penny stock for long. Digital Turbine is definitely worth watching in 2019.