Shopify (TSX:SHOP) Vs. Zoom Video (NASDAQ:ZM): Rise of the Tech Goliaths

Shopify and Zoom Video are trading at sky-high valuation. Here’s what makes them enticing bets for the upcoming decade.

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While multiple industries continue to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology companies such as Shopify (TSX:SHOP)(NYSE:SHOP) and Zoom Video (NASDAQ:ZM) are easily crushing broader market returns.

In the below chart, we can see that Shopify stock is up 159% in 2020, while Zoom Video has gained 285%. Comparatively, the S&P 500 Index has returned -3% year to date. We’ll take a look at what has driven the share prices higher, and if the companies can sustain sky-high valuations.

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Shopify stock has a market cap of $162.6 billion

Shopify stock has been on an absolute tear — not just in 2020, but since it went public back in 2015. The stock has gained a staggering 5,960% since its IPO. This means if you’d invested $1,000 in Shopify’s IPO, you would have returned close to $60,000 now. This rapid surge in Shopify’s stock price has meant the company is valued at a market cap of $162.6 billion, making it Canada’s largest company in the TSX.

As people are largely staying at home, the trend towards online shopping has accelerated. In the first quarter of 2020, Shopify sales rose by a massive 47% year over year to US$470 million. Further, SME merchants on the Shopify platform experienced a 62% growth in sales between March 13 and April 24 compared to the prior-year period. This transition towards online shopping is likely to drive Shopify sales higher in the upcoming decade.

RBC analyst Mark Mahaney increased the stock’s 12-month target price to US$1,000, up from US$825. Mahaney is optimistic about Shopify’s expanding market opportunity, as the pandemic has altered buying patterns. Shopify stock is currently trading at US$1,029.97.

Shopify stock gained momentum in the last week of June to touch record highs on the back of its partnership with Walmart. According to the partnership, the retail giant will add 1,200 small- and medium-sized Shopify sellers on its platform. Walmart claimed that Shopify sellers have a solid history of beating customer expectations.

This collaboration will help Shopify leverage Walmart’s significant online presence, as the latter’s website attracts approximately 120 million monthly visitors.

A collaboration heavyweight

Zoom Video stock is trading at $261.74 and has returned 625% since its IPO in April 2019. This is another company that has gained momentum amid the pandemic. As economies were shut, a large number of the global workforce as well as schools and colleges started using Zoom Video’s collaboration tools. Similar to online shopping, the work-from-home trend is also here to stay.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, Zoom Video reported sales of US$328.2 million — growth of 169% year over year. This revenue growth helped Zoom Video record a net income of $27 million, which was significantly higher than the prior-year figure of $198,000.

Zoom Video had 769 customers at the end of Q1 that generate annual sales in excess of $100,000 — growth of 90% year over year. In the second quarter, the company has forecast sales to touch $500 million, while fiscal 2021 sales are forecast to rise by 189.8% to $1.8 billion.

Valuation concerns

The surge in stock prices of Shopify and Zoom Video has raised concerns about valuations. Shopify stock is trading at a forward price-to-sales multiple of 68, while this ratio for Zoom Video stands at 93. The high valuation metrics might make investors nervous, but growth stocks tend to trade at a premium.

The expanding addressable market and macro shifts in business and shopping trends make Shopify and Zoom Video top bets for long-term growth investors.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Tom Gardner owns shares of Shopify and Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Shopify, Shopify, and Zoom Video Communications and recommends the following options: short August 2020 $130 calls on Zoom Video Communications. Fool contributor Aditya Raghunath has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

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