Many tech stocks have soared over the past 12 months as investors looked to companies that could grow during the pandemic. But since the beginning of this year tech stocks have dipped as investors moved their money into other sectors that they think will grow as the economy begins to open back up.
That’s left the share prices of some very good technology companies down 25% or more from their 52-week highs — and that’s created a great buying opportunity for tech investors. If you’re bargain hunting for technology stocks right now, here’s why Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB), and Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) should be at the top of your list.
A fast moving stream
Danny Vena (Roku): You’ve no doubt heard the term, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,” an old adage that refers to mistakenly eliminating good things while trying to get rid of the bad. The recent rotation out of tech and other high-growth stocks has been swift and severe, not to mention something of an overreaction, with investors selling off stocks with excellent growth and strong prospects. I believe that’s clearly the case with Roku.
Roku is the leading platform for aggregating a multitude of streaming video channels in one place. Not many companies can go head-to-head with Amazon and live to tell the tale, but Roku just wrested the streaming title from Fire TV — and the statistics are telling. To close out 2020, Roku reported 51.2 million active accounts, as user growth accelerated to 39% year over. At the same time, Fire TV accounts clocked in at 50 million, with growth slowing to 25%.
There is plenty of additional evidence that Roku’s growth story is far from over. The company had the foresight to develop a smart TV operating system (OS) from scratch, rather than repurposing an existing mobile OS. As a result, its platform is the system of choice for a growing number of connected TV manufacturers, both here and abroad. The Roku OS was the No. 1 smart TV operating system in the U.S., found in 38% of all smart TVs sold. It’s also the leader in Canada, boasting a 31% market share. Roku is now deploying its successful strategy internationally, building out its user base in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, with more countries on tap.
Its multi-pronged strategy is bearing fruit. In the fourth quarter, active accounts grew 39% year over year, while the average revenue per user (ARPU) climbed 24%. Viewers are spending more time on the platform, as streaming hours jumped 55% to 17 billion. This drove revenue up 58% year over year, resulting in an unexpected profit, as Roku continues to leverage its growing user base. But even that doesn’t tell the entire story.
The majority of Roku’s revenue doesn’t come from its namesake streaming boxes and dongles, but rather from its platform segment, which comprises digital advertising, The Roku Channel, and licensing of the Roku OS. Platform revenue soared 81% year over year, accelerating from 71% growth in the prior-year quarter, and up from 78% growth in the third quarter. This marks the highest growth rate since the second quarter of 2019.
Part of Roku’s strategy is to get a portion of the advertising from each of the ad-supported channels on its platform. With more than 10,000 channels and a soaring user base, the company is negotiating from a position of strength as the leading streaming platform in North America.
Finally, Roku stock is selling at a 30% discount to its share price just last month, having gotten caught up in the tech-related downturn. Given its ongoing growth and future potential, investors should buy shares now before the market comes to its senses.
For this cloud database provider, nothing’s changed except the price of the stock
Brian Withers (MDB): MongoDB’s stock has been caught up in the tech pullback and is down around 30% from its high. Even a solid earnings report and an analyst upgrade didn’t stop the stock’s downward slide. For long-term-minded investors, this presents an opportunity to buy this cloud database provider at a discount. But before you jump in, let’s look at why this tech stock is worth your hard-earned cash.
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