Why Altium Share Price Rose 20% Today

Aussie electronic design software company Altium Ltd [ASX:ALU] is up 20.87% at time of writing, after posting interim after-market results yesterday.

The company now has a market cap approaching AU$2 billion.

Altium has its headquarters in San Diego, California. But it was originally founded in Hobart in 1985 as Protel Technology. The software giant now boasts over US$100.4 million in annual sales, with offices across the world.

Why the jump in the ALU share price?

Altium announced continuing sales momentum, with a record revenue growth of 30% for the first half of FY18 at US$63.2 million. They also highlighted an expansion of profit margins leading to an another EBITDA record for the company of over 30% worldwide growth, and a 51% rise in net profit after tax to US$14.9 million.

The largest revenue growth came from Altium NEXUS’s data management, which increased by 218% over the corresponding period.

Altium CEO Aram Mirkazemi described the strong performance as reflecting the company’s ability to capitalise on a growing market opportunity. He stated:

The first half results are in line with expectations and build momentum toward the achievement of our 2020 revenue target of US$200 million (full year) and a margin of 35% or better.

This is an encouraging sign for shareholders, with the current margin sitting at 30%, and revenue just over US$60m for the first half of FY18.

Although the interim dividend payout increased 18% to AU$0.13 per share, the payout remains unfranked.

What next for Altium?

Altium expects the core PCB (printed circuit board) business to be enhanced by the rollout of next-generation PCB design products. This, in combination with greater transactional sales models, is expected to help achieve the company’s 2020 revenue target and beyond.


Ryan Dinse,                                       

Editor, Money Morning     


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