Want to supercharge your investment portfolio? Bet on growth stocks. These high-flying companies serve established markets in exciting new ways, helping boost revenue and profits. Let’s explore the reasons why two of them, Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Global-e Online (NASDAQ:GLBE), can potentially generate market-beating growth over the long term.
1. Snap: Working to monetize its augmented reality efforts
Snap’s stock has been in a world of pain after its weaker-than-expected third-quarter earnings report. But instead of running for the hills, investors should see the dip as a buying opportunity. The company is making impressive progress toward its long-term goal of monetizing augmented reality, and its bottom line is rapidly improving.
Snap’s third-quarter revenue soared 57% year over year to $1.07 billion, and its platform gained 57 million daily active users (DAUs) for a total of 306 million. But despite the high growth rate, share prices are down by around 30% from the Oct. 21 earnings announcement over concerns about Apple‘s privacy changes, which are hurting Snap’s ability to target and measure ad performance (along with other macro challenges like the global supply chain and labor market disruptions).
That said, Snap’s long-term vision of dominating augmented reality (AR) remains intact, which will help it develop new revenue streams less dependent on third parties. In October, the company launched Arcadia, a global creative studio to help brands create AR experiences on Snapchat and other platforms. Management hasn’t provided much detail on the revenue implications of its AR business. But with the industry expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44% to $340 billion by 2028, Snap’s early-mover advantage could prove lucrative over the coming decade.
Snap’s bottom line is also improving with adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) tripling to $174 million per year and GAAP net losses narrowing from $200 million to $72 million in the third quarter. Despite recent declines, the stock’s valuation of 23 times sales isn’t cheap. But its double-digit percentage growth rate and massive opportunities for expansion in the relatively untapped AR opportunity help justify the price tag.
2. Global-e Online: Taking a different approach to e-commerce
With an initial public offer (IPO) of $25 per share in May, Global-e has already soared by over 150% in the short time it has been public. The fast-growing e-commerce facilitator is in the early stages of scaling up its unique business model. And that could mean years, if not decades, of long-term growth for investors.
Unlike the typical e-commerce play, which will be some spin on selling goods to consumers, Global-e takes a different approach. It aims to simplify cross-border e-commerce by providing an end-to-end solution designed to help merchants target international customers. Its platform addresses challenges like currency conversion, after-sale support, and regulations (such as taxes and duties) in 200 destination markets.
Second-quarter revenue grew 92% year over year to $57 million. Of the total, 37% came from service fees based on a percentage of the gross merchandise value ($326 million) handled in the period. Fulfillment services represented the remaining 63% of sales. Global-e can maintain its spectacular expansion by…
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