Zip share price surges as rumours run wild
We examine the rumours likely driving the buy now pay later company’s stock higher on Thursday.
The Zip (ASX: Z1P) share price surged on Thursday as rumours emerged that Klarna was building a stake in the company.
Mind you, while the stock skyrocketed at the start of Thursday’s session, opening some 15% higher, it dipped in the coming hours, before, somewhat surprisingly, rallying again.
At the time of writing Zip was up 12.31% to $8.67 per share, taking the stock’s gains since January 1 to 55%.
Speculation in focus
This is the second time this week that speculation from the much respected Australian Financial Review (AFR) has seemingly had the impact of kicking up a company’s share price.
The first was with Myer (ASX: MYR), with the stock surging after the newspaper revealed that Solomon Lew’s Premier Investments was hoovering up stock in the iconic retailer. We discuss those developments in more depth here.
Zip – a fast-growing buy now pay later company is the latest company to ‘benefit’ from the paper’s speculation. This morning the AFR published an article titled Zip Co in cross hairs of a strategic investor. Here it was noted that:
‘Street Talk understands the strategic investor has nabbed about a 4 per cent stake, in a move designed to give it options should the buy now, pay later sector consolidate down to two or three main players globally.’
If the AFR is correct in noting that Klarna has built a 4% stake in Zip, due to reporting requirements, the company would not be required to disclose such a position. Indeed, as the AFR elaborates:
‘The stealth Zip stake in understood to have been built up in recent months, and sees the investor sitting below the 5 per cent substantial shareholder level that would prompt disclosure.’
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What is Klarna?
Klarna, for those unaware, is one of the largest buy now pay later companies in the world, carrying a valuation of AUD$58 billion as part of its latest funding round.
These releases have given us good insights into the business and well explains Klarna’s astronomical valuation and leading place in the BNPL industry.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2021, Klarna processed some USD$18.9 billion worth of transactions, had more than 90 million global active users and reported USD$360 million in quarterly revenue.
At the time of writing, other key ASX-listed BNPL companies Sezzle and Afterpay were also trading higher, while the ASX 200 benchmark was flat.
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