Data#3 Stands Strong Amid General Tech Weakness
- Shares in Data#3 have found support amid a poor month for Australian tech.
- Shares in the company surged over 5 per cent on Friday the 21st of May.
- Data#3’s work from home service remain essential post-COVID-19.
Data#3 (ASX: DTL) remains at the forefront of providing companies with information and communications technology, despite broader weakness in Australian tech. Work from home solutions remain essential and the continual provision of flexible work arrangements to some extents have been integrated into a post-COVID-19 world. Data#3 (ASX: DTL) provides a wide range of information technology services which include security, cloud, mobility, and data analytics services.
Earlier this year, Data#3 released its half-year results to the market, recording total revenues rising 19.2 per cent to $856.7 million, $246.1 million of which was from public cloud revenues. This resulted in net profit after tax of 7.9 per cent to $9.4 million leading to a like 7.9 per cent increase in earnings per share. Fundamentally the company remains exceedingly resilient as 62 per cent of the collected revenues are labelled as recurring, “derived from government and large corporate customers fulfilling their essential IT requirements.”
Morgan’s have placed a $5.75 price target on Data#3, above where it is currently trading after meeting the institutions expectations for Data#3’s revenues and net profits after tax (NPAT). Morgans believes the Australian Technology sector has significant room for growth in 2021 and that this will act as a tailwind for the Australian tech company. Finally, they also upgraded their earnings per share forecasts to 6% for FY21 and 10% for FY22.
Shares in the company’s today opened at $5.52 per share, quickly rebounding after a 16 per cent sell-off in recent weeks. Data#3 has used the 61.8 per cent retracement as a perfect level of support with two candlestick wicks and has pushed higher off a bullish green candlestick. This move has pushed the Stochastic Oscillator positive with a converging MACD following suit.
Moving forward, though Data#3 might be generally connected with broader movements in Australian and US tech, it’s long-term contracts, and recurring revenues will provide it security in the current environment. Further, demand in cloud-based services remains elevated, with total infrastructure spending in the sector growing 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 to $18.6 billion in the United States.
Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azur and Google cloud rate among the highest spenders with 32, 19 and 7 per cent share of the spending. In particular, Microsoft is a key partner of Data#3, providing software support for Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure. This support includes ‘migrating workloads, building new apps, amping up your security, gaining insights from data, or creating innovative new experiences.’