Recent export figures from South Korea suggests that the global economy might be accelerating and the JPMorgan GDP nowcast figures are still suggesting that the US economy is growing around 1.5% annualized in real terms. In other words, the global economy seems to be robust at the moment. Should US bond yields rise again we could quickly see equities be sold off again.
It is the moment of truth for Adyen
The payments industry in Europe has been rocked twice this year by first Adyen and later Worldline as we have written about in our research notes Quick take: Payment stocks plunge on Worldline outlook and Risk-off, Nvidia earnings, and Adyen’s sudden collapse. Adyen lived a quiet life in public markets until August of this year when the company announced H1 2023 financial results missing on volume and EBITDA due to cost pressures related to its North American business – revenue was up 21% y/y and EBITDA was down 10% y/y making investors questioning Adyen’s EBITDA margin target of 65% as the EBITDA margin plunged to 43%. It did not make things better that management delivered a horrible explanation in financial news and the quiet approach subsequently made things worse. The recent Worldline revenue growth outlook then made investors questioning Adyen’s mid-term forecasts of 25% revenue growth.
Tomorrow’s Investor Day presentation is key for Adyen shareholders but management to reset expectations. Adyen is valued at a premium to its nearest and most comparable competitor Block, so there is still downside risks to Adyen if they cannot better explain what happened to costs and present a plan for get costs under control. But even more importantly for the long-term value of the business, what is the long-term expected revenue growth rate?