Saturday, March 10, 2018

Shopify Deserves To Fall Off Best Idea List

Shopify (SHOP) has done everything to deserve dropping off an analysts Best Ideas list. The company recently sold shares in a secondary offering and has a new CFO, but the prime reason to avoid the stock now is a completely different reason.

Ironically, Wedbush dished Shopify due to the analyst leaving the firm, but the move was timely. In February, the company sold 4.8 million shares at $137 to raise over $650 million. As well, Shopify has a new CFO starting April 2. Not a very good combination. CFOs rarely leave such a strong story.

The biggest issue though is that the company is a modern day Ebay (EBAY) trading at a ridiculous valuation. Shopify now trades at 3.5x the forward P/S multiple of Ebay.
High-growth stocks rarely maintain forward P/S multiples in excess of 10. In most cases, shareholders end up burned.

As the 70%+ growth rate in 2017 turns into 35% in 2019, the multiple will contract leaving limited upside for shareholders despite the fast growth.

Recommending a stock trading at these levels with a market cap approaching $15 billion is impossible.

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