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Market Sentiment Around Loss-Making Nearmap Ltd (ASX:NEA)

Thomas Auclair

Nearmap Ltd’s (ASX:NEA): Nearmap Ltd provides online aerial photomapping services in Australia and the United States. The company’s loss has recently broadened since it announced a -AU$5.30m loss in the full financial year, compared to the latest trailing-twelve-month loss of -AU$8.85m, moving it further away from breakeven. Many investors are wondering the rate at which NEA will turn a profit, with the big question being “when will the company breakeven?” Below I will provide a high-level summary of the industry analysts’ expectations for NEA.

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Expectation from Internet analysts is NEA is on the verge of breakeven. They expect the company to post a final loss in 2018, before turning a profit of AU$1.01m in 2019. NEA is therefore projected to breakeven around a couple of months from now! In order to meet this breakeven date, I calculated the rate at which NEA must grow year-on-year. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 113.98% is expected, which is rather optimistic! Should the business grow at a slower rate, it will become profitable at a later date than expected.

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I’m not going to go through company-specific developments for NEA given that this is a high-level summary, though, take into account that generally a high forecast growth rate is not unusual for a company that is currently undergoing an investment period.

Before I wrap up, there’s one aspect worth mentioning. NEA currently has no debt on its balance sheet, which is quite unusual for a cash-burning loss-making, growth company, which usually has a high level of debt relative to its equity. NEA currently operates purely off its shareholder funding and has no debt obligation, reducing concerns around repayments and making it a less risky investment.

Next Steps:

There are too many aspects of NEA to cover in one brief article, but the key fundamentals for the company can all be found in one place – NEA’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also compiled a list of important aspects you should look at:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has NEA’s performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Nearmap’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.