Zip Co Limited (ASX:Z1P): When Will It Breakeven?

Zip Co Limited’s (ASX:Z1P): Zip Co Limited provides point-of-sale credit and digital payment services to consumers and merchants primarily in Australia. With the latest financial year loss of -AU$20.19m and a trailing-twelve month of -AU$28.84m, the AU$255.69m market-cap amplifies its loss by moving further away from its breakeven target. As path to profitability is the topic on Z1P’s investors mind, I’ve decided to gauge market sentiment. I’ve put together a brief outline of industry analyst expectations for Z1P, its year of breakeven and its implied growth rate.

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Z1P is bordering on breakeven, according to Consumer Finance analysts. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2019, before generating positive profits of AU$5.45m in 2020. So, Z1P is predicted to breakeven approximately a few months from now. How fast will Z1P have to grow each year in order to reach the breakeven point by 2020? Working backwards from analyst estimates, it turns out that they expect the company to grow 88.78% year-on-year, on average, which is rather optimistic! Should the business grow at a slower rate, it will become profitable at a later date than expected.

ASX:Z1P Past Future Earnings August 6th 18
ASX:Z1P Past Future Earnings August 6th 18

Given this is a high-level overview, I won’t go into details of Z1P’s upcoming projects, but, take into account that generally a high growth rate is not out of the ordinary, particularly when a company is in a period of investment.

One thing I would like to bring into light with Z1P is its debt-to-equity ratio of over 2x. Typically, debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in Z1P’s case, it has significantly overshot. Note that a higher debt obligation increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are key fundamentals of Z1P which are not covered in this article, but I must stress again that this is merely a basic overview. For a more comprehensive look at Z1P, take a look at Z1P’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also put together a list of essential factors you should further research:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has Z1P’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 Zip Co’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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