The Tech, Media and Telecom (TMT) conference was recently hosted by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) where different Internet companies presented their case. Investors felt enthusiastic after hearing bullish comments from management teams of the respective companies. However, the bullish picture wasn’t new for the investors. The same companies kept reinforcing this idea in their respective earnings calls just a couple of weeks back.
What did they have to say?
Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)’s management comments and tone were positive in the conference. Pandora is a compelling long-term play on mobile advertising. It is further reducing buy-side friction with proprietary software integration that makes sales more seamless. The management was positive on monetization progress and the intended impact from the mobile listening-hours cap. Its sales force growth is also encouraging, especially for mobile, as Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) builds out feet on the street in all targeted markets and addresses other markets with inside sales teams.
A bullish story on this company might surprise many given that the stock price has already inflated 104% for the year! However, it is interesting to note that as already mentioned, the stock has a lot of room to move upward especially given the re-rating of the multiple by the market. Also, “not surprisingly” Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) was upgraded by four sell-side companies in the May 20 through May 24 period this year.
New initiatives make MercadoLibre an attractive shot
The management at Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI) is optimistic on the outlook for growth in e-commerce in Latin America (which will help to boost company’s sales), and its new initiatives (Pago, shipping, verticals, mobile) are having good traction with users. For those who have heard this name for the first time, Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI) is the largest online-trading platform in Latin America.
It is a market leader in e-commerce in each of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela based on unique visitors and page views. Additionally, it recently launched online-trading platforms in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Panama. With a market of over 550 million people and a region with one of the world’s fastest-growing Internet penetration rates, the company provides buyers and sellers a robust online trading environment that fosters the development of a large and growing e-commerce community.
More competition in Latin America could be positive, as most of Mercado’s growth comes from taking share from off-line players, not online, and new players should incentivize this migration.