As you in all probability already know, the crypto market has been on fireplace in 2021. This week alone, Dogecoin surged over 20% on largely because of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Mark Cuban tweeted concerning the well-liked cryptocurrency. It wasn’t the primary time Musk Tweeted about Dogecoin both, although he’s admitted he sees it extra as a joke.
Along with Dogecoin, Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by way of market cap, hit a brand new excessive this Thursday. Bitcoin can be approaching a brand new all-time excessive this week after hitting a brand new all-time excessive simply earlier this month.
As you may see, cryptocurrency is seemingly in every single place you look. Now, earlier than I get forward of myself, I’m not going to say you need to run out and purchase crypto. Personally, I discover cryptocurrency too unstable. Nonetheless, there’s a strategy to play it with a fundamentally superior stock with out taking over the dangers and volatility related to investing instantly in crypto or crypto derivatives.
I’m speaking about PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL).
PayPal is a monetary expertise firm that was spun off of eBay in 2015 and permits customers to make purchases from on-line distributors with ease. The corporate can be a serious participant in peer-to-peer funds by means of Venmo. As of the tip of 2020, Venmo had 65 Million customers!
Now, PayPal is ramping up its publicity to crypto belongings. PayPal permits customers to purchase and promote crypto straight from their app and likewise permits prospects to make use of crypto to purchase merchandise from thousands and thousands of distributors.
It is a characteristic that’s not obtainable by means of the elephant of the crypto buying and selling house, Coinbase International, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN). Coinbase went public on April 14 at an almost $100 billion valuation. Each corporations generate revenues from crypto transactions, however PayPal collects a 1.5% to 2.3% transaction payment when prospects purchase and promote crypto.
Whereas it is a small fraction of PayPal’s present income stream, continued adoption of crypto ought to drive vital progress. Coinbase, alternatively, generates virtually all of its revenues by means of crypto buying and selling charges and is thus much more vulnerable to swings in crypto costs and exercise.
Final 12 months, Coinbase generated about $1.3 billion in gross sales and $108 million in internet earnings. To place that in perspective, PayPal had over $21 billion in gross sales and $4.2 billion in internet earnings final 12 months.
With virtually 20 occasions extra gross sales and 40 occasions extra earnings it’s really baffling that PayPal solely trades at 5 occasions the valuation on Coinbase. Coinbase grew gross sales 140% from 2019 to 2020 and PayPal grew gross sales 22% over the identical time interval. Whereas Coinbase is rising sooner, they’ve a protracted strategy to go and a variety of potential competitors to beat out earlier than they arrive anyplace near the numbers persistently posted by PayPal.
Talking of numbers, PayPal is ready to report first-quarter earnings subsequent Wednesday, Might 5. The corporate is predicted to publish earnings per share of $1.01, which is a 5# year-over-year enhance. Income is predicted to return in at $5.9 billion, which is up 27.7% from the identical quarter a 12 months in the past.
Moreover, PayPal has posted year-over-year gross sales progress each single quarter because it was spun off of eBay in 2015. That progress accelerated from the mid-teens to over 20% annual progress every of the final three quarters due to sped up adoption of e-commerce triggered by COVID-19.
I count on this new progress customary to persist nicely into the longer term as the corporate turns to crypto for its subsequent degree of progress. It’s this confirmed monitor report and a much more affordable valuation that make PayPal a a lot safer strategy to play crypto. PayPal at the moment has a B grade (Purchase) on Portfolio Grader.
The underside line is PYPL is the very best “picks and shovels” play within the cryptocurrency market.
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