After steadily climbing the Strawman company rankings, New York based LiveTiles (ASX:LVT) has just qualified for entry into the Strawman index. If history is any guide, that’s a very bullish signal…

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What does LiveTiles do?

LiveTiles is a software developer that provides an “intelligent workplace platform” for business. It integrates the output from Microsoft Office, Azure and Sharepoint (and others) into customisable user interfaces with the aim of simplifying processes and enhancing productivity.

LiveTiles allows users to create dashboards, employee portals, and corporate intranets from existing resources and technologies. In essence, it’s software that connects and integrates other software, displaying information in a coherent and practical format.

Importantly, it seems the product is resonating with customers. Since launching in 2015, it has grown its customer base to almost 900 and has won several industry awards. Moreover, sales are rising strongly with almost $35 million in annual recurring revenue secured as of the latest report.

Management’s objective is to grow this to $100 million by 2021.

Source: LiveTiles company presentation

Also of note, the average recurring revenue per customer has been increasingly strongly; up 65% in the last 12-months alone. And with an average customer lifetime of ~6 years, LiveTiles claims a 3.5x lifetime value to acquisition cost multiple (LVT/CAC).

Is it a Buy?

Like a lot of tech-stocks, LiveTles has had a good run so far in 2019 with shares up ~40%. But it’s been a bumpy ride over the past 12 months, with shares trading as low as 27.5c and as high as 75.5c.

The company is still loss making, although the rate of cash-burn has been decreasing. As of the most recent quarter, LiveTiles is losing around $7.8m in operating cash flow per quarter and has around $21 million of cash in the bank.

With a market capitalisation of approximately $287 million, the business is trading on 8.3x annual recurring revenue (ARR). That’s a hefty multiple, but then again, ARR is has been growing at over 200% and is forecast to grow by over 59% per annum over the next few years.

Indeed, it looks downright cheap next to other tech players — Wisetech (ASX:WTC) is trading on a price/ARR of around 30!

According to the consensus valuation on Strawman, shares in LiveTiles are still good value. Click the button below to see the latest research and target price.

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