Pelatro’s demonstration of its mViva marketing platform at a recent capital markets day revealed the scope of its big data analytics capabilities and interactive user interface. Ease of use by non-technical staff and the ability to quickly launch and analyse complex marketing initiatives are key differentiators. With its focus on client retention and revenue stimulation, which are now of vital importance to the stagnant telecom sector, its client base is growing fast. In 2018 it rose by eight to 14 clients including Telenor, Tele2 and SingTel. Pelatro trades at a significant discount to its peers on a 2018e EV/EBITDA of 9.2x.
Pelatro’s mViva solution contains a range of tools including contextual marketing, revenue-boosting gamification and loyalty management as well as interfaces for customer-facing staff with analytics based ‘best offers’. Positively, Gartner rates Pelatro as a competitive vendor in multichannel campaign management based on its ‘ability to execute and its completeness of vision’. While a managed services model is planned, the bulk of current revenues are one-off perpetual licence fees, ring-fenced to client customer numbers, plus change requests.
With a highly scalable product, Pelatro is focused on building its customer base, cross-selling and winning local/going global. A good example occurred in 2018 when PLTRO acquired a global framework agreement with Telenor for a contextual marketing platform and was able to add a loyalty management solution two months later. With the pace and quality of client gains, Pelatro’s existing $4m order backlog and $15m sales pipeline, we see Pelatro as well positioned to achieve FY19e revenue and EBITDA consensus.
Pelatro trades on a prospective FY1 EV/sales of 5.5x, which is a 12% premium compared to the sector median of 4.9x, and an EV/EBITDA of 9.2x, which is a 77% discount to the sector median. We expect market share gains among the world’s 360+ telecoms enterprises and a forecast 22.9% CAGR in the customer experience management (CEM) market to 2025 (Grand View Research) to provide a strong environment for rapid growth in recurring managed services revenues. Helped by strong operating leverage, this should support ongoing earnings growth. Pelatro offers strong growth prospects and a net cash positive balance sheet at attractive multiples.