XELA Stock Overview
Exela Technologies, Inc. provides transaction processing solutions, enterprise information management, document management, and digital business process services worldwide.
Exela Technologies, Inc. Competitors
Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$1.46|
|52 Week High||US$55.40|
|52 Week Low||US$1.18|
|1 Month Change||-27.36%|
|3 Month Change||-77.54%|
|1 Year Change||-97.26%|
|3 Year Change||-97.83%|
|5 Year Change||-99.60%|
|Change since IPO||-99.73%|
Recent News & Updates
Exela Technologies: Unclear Prospects Of A Niche Player
Exela Technologies prides itself as a leader in the field of business process management but analysis of its products and services shows otherwise. DrySign appears to be making notable expansion but size of current user base is still modest compared to alternative products. It is unclear how the company is able to effectively transform from a niche player to a market leader in the long run. Investment Thesis Exela Technologies (XELA) is a relatively small company that aspires to be a leader in the field of business process automation ("BPA"). Right now, looking at how the company is described in Gartner's report, it achieved some success but is nowhere near the status of a 'market leader'. Financially, it is inferior to its closest competitors in all the top to bottom line items. It is also financially very leveraged in debt. Although the debt amount is declining significantly in the last 3 quarters, it is unclear whether this declining trend will persist in the long run. The product of 'DrySign' has made notable expansion outside of the US market. However, looking at the current size of its user base, it still pales in comparison to other alternative products. The company is currently undervalued but without a clear track record of maintaining and growing its profitability to greater heights, this undervalued status should not be regarded as a buy signal. Company Overview XELA prides itself as a leader in BPA. Through its digital transformation solutions, it helps customers enhance quality, productivity, and end-user experience. From the company’s latest annual report, we understand it operates through three segments: Information & Transaction Processing Solutions ("ITPS") – this segment comprises 74.9% of the company’s revenue Healthcare Solutions ("HS") – this segment comprises 18.7% of the company’s revenue Legal & Loss Prevention Services ("LLPS") – this segment comprises 6.4% of the company’s revenues. While the company provides services to a global customer base, more than 80% of its revenue comes from the United States. Unclear Competitive Advantage The company described its BPA solution as a 7-layer framework in this diagram. 7 Layers of Solution (Company Annual Report) Basically, the company is trying to provide a whole suite of automation at "all levels" of a typical company's operations: Layers 1 and 2 handle the heavy lifting of "data crunching", with the results ready to be used by the higher levels of automation. Layers 3 and 4 automate the day-to-day workflow and processes that would otherwise have to be done manually by people. Layer 5 connects different platforms of a company to work together synergistically to enhance overall productivity. Without this layer, the different platforms will be working in silos. Layers 6 and 7 appear to be empowering business users to execute business processes using multiple front-end digital channels as opposed to having to follow written instructions manually. Such BPA services are also provided by many other companies. In the company's latest annual report, XELA prides itself on having gone the extra mile to deploy many employees to work on-site at customers' premises: "Approximately 3,200 of our employees currently work at customers in an on-site capacity. We believe this on-site presence is a competitive differentiator and a valuable asset as we pursue future growth opportunities." In my opinion, they appear to be taking on the role of "IT Consulting", which means the company will have to compete with other consulting firms like Accenture (ACN), which is the largest consulting firm in the world. It is unclear how the company will fare in the long run against these competitors. Tapering of Debt XELA is highly leveraged. Its total debt of 1,276M is currently 15 times its EBITDA of 83.9M. The silver lining is that over the last 3 quarters, XELA has managed to reduce its debt substantially. Balance Sheet (Seeking Alpha) Investors need to monitor whether this debt reduction trend can persist. In my opinion, ideally, in the long run, the debt should be reduced to no more than 3 times its EBITDA. Prospect of DrySign 'DrySign' is a proprietary eSignature platform that was launched in 2020 to the public in the United States. Subsequently, it has expanded its release to the Indian, UK, and the Philippines market. As part of the company's BPA solution stack, DrySign has "4,000 customers across a variety of industries, including over 60% of the Fortune 100", according to the latest annual report. This does not appear so impressive given that alternatives like Adobe (ADBE) Cloud has 26M subscribers and DocuSign (DOCU) has 1M customers. Niche Player in 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant XELA was recently named a niche player in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant. According to Gartner, this is how a "niche player" is defined: Gartner Magic Quadrant (Gartner) Based on this definition, companies should aim to be located towards the upper right corner of the quadrant to become clear market leaders in the industry. Right now, this spot is occupied by well-known leaders like IBM (IBM) and Accenture. Company Named a Niche Player (Exela Technologies)
Exela stock gains 13% after update on capital deployment strategy
Exela Technologies (NASDAQ:XELA) shares jumped around 13% during extended trading on Wednesday after the firm announced an update to its capital deployment strategy. The Texas-based business process automation company has established XCV-STS (STS) to hold assets to be used for implementing the plan. It has acquired $70M of face value 2026 Senior Secured Notes at a discount with funds raised from equity, that will serve as the first contribution into STS. Interest paid on the notes contributed to STS, together with additional anticipated contributions of the proceeds from the planned asset sales announced as part of the strategy and other surplus cash, will be used to create and return value to shareholders. Exela's Executive Chairman Par Chadha noted, "Today's announcement is an important part of our recently initiated Capital Deployment Strategy to Serve the Shareholders. We continue to believe that every part of our capital structure is inappropriately valued . STS will allow us to continue to hunt for rewarding opportunities."
|XELA||US IT||US Market|
Return vs Industry: XELA underperformed the US IT industry which returned -26.5% over the past year.
Return vs Market: XELA underperformed the US Market which returned -10.1% over the past year.
|XELA Average Weekly Movement||23.2%|
|IT Industry Average Movement||9.3%|
|Market Average Movement||7.7%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||16.9%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||3.2%|
Stable Share Price: XELA is more volatile than 90% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 23% a week.
Volatility Over Time: XELA's weekly volatility (23%) has been stable over the past year, but is still higher than 75% of US stocks.
About the Company
Exela Technologies, Inc. provides transaction processing solutions, enterprise information management, document management, and digital business process services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Information & Transaction Processing Solutions (ITPS), Healthcare Solutions (HS), and Legal & Loss Prevention Services (LLPS). The ITPS segment provides lending solutions for mortgages and auto loans; banking solutions for clearing, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and interbank cross-border settlement; property and casualty insurance solutions for origination, enrollments, claims processing, and benefits administration communications; and public sector solutions for income tax processing, benefits administration, and records management.
Exela Technologies, Inc. Fundamentals Summary
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Earnings & Revenue
|XELA income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$888.21m|
Last Reported Earnings
Jun 30, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||-3.47|
|Net Profit Margin||-20.08%|
How did XELA perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison