3 Reasons to Buy Shopify Stock Right Now

Improving earnings quality, sustained cash flow growth, and another reason support a buy-the-dip thesis on Shopify (TSX:SHOP) stock today

| More on:
online shopping

Image source: Getty Images

A 30% pullback in global e-commerce software vendor Shopify (TSX:SHOP) stock from prior highs seen earlier this year seems like a potential buying opportunity for investors looking to hold a long-term growth stock. It’s not just the Canadian tech stock’s price action that makes it a compelling investment at current levels; Shopify’s consistently improving fundamentals present three strong reasons to buy SHOP stock right now.

Shopify’s growing cash flow generation capacity, improving earnings quality as revenue grows, and forward-looking valuation, as measured by its forward price-to-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio, present a compelling buy-and-hold thesis for long-term growth-oriented investors to scoop SHOP stock before it recovers to prior levels.

Shopify’s growing positive cash flow

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, including Shopify. While earnings may at times be elusive and operating margins may fluctuate, especially when a company is strategically transitioning to refined business models, cash flow usually doesn’t lie. It is currently speaking loudly in support of the buy-and-hold idea for Shopify stock.

Shopify used to convert under 6% of its quarterly sales into free cash flow by December 2022. Fast forward to March this year, and the company can convert 12.5% of its quarterly sales into retainable cash from operations. Bay Street analysts’ projections for Shopify free cash flow to expand from US$900 million in 2023 to nearly US$1.7 billion by 2025 are even more encouraging.

Cash is king, and Shopify’s ability to build a treasure trove of free funds (free cash flow) could enable the company to make accretive acquisitions, consolidate, and bolster its market clout in a growing global e-commerce market. Expanding cash flow generation capacity makes Shopify stock more valuable in the future.

Improving earnings quality as revenue grows

Shopify is a consistently growing e-commerce stock. Its expanding total addressable market, approaching the US$900 billion mark, presents substantial growth opportunities for investors. Savvy investment banking analysts following Shopify project a strong near-term revenue growth outlook of 20% and a 27% earnings growth rate over the next year.

Most noteworthy is the company’s impressive growth in recurring revenue. Monthly recurring revenue increased from US$116 million a year ago to US$151 million by the end of March this year.

Shopify monthly recurring revenue and quarterly free cash flow margins (December 2022 to March 2024)
Shopify’s free cash flow margins expanding with monthly recurring revenue growth. Data by Finchat.

Sustained growth in recurring revenue is a strong testament to the company’s ability to capture and retain a growing number of loyal customers. These merchants’ repeated subscriptions and payments stabilize Shopify’s periodic cash flow receipts and enhance the company’s earnings quality and predictability. This sets the stage for Shopify to potentially become a formidable dividend stock as its software business matures over the next two decades.

Even better, the company is likely to have a better grip on operating expenses going forward after an expensive lesson on operating leverage post the pandemic. Shopify’s operating margins may expand with revenue growth over the next two to three years, improving the growth stock’s appeal to investors.

Shopify stock fairly valued

Following a substantial pullback in Shopify stock price so far this year, the e-commerce giant appears fairly valued, given its potential growth prospects over the next few years. Bay Street analysts forecast Shopify’s business to grow revenue and earnings at a double-digit annual clip over the next five years. With a long-term earnings growth outlook of 72% over the next five years and a forward PEG ratio of 0.9, Shopify stock is fairly valued relative to its potential earnings growth capacity.

Investor takeaway

Investing in Shopify stock right now offers a compelling opportunity for long-term, growth-oriented investors. The company’s robust cash flow generation, improving earnings quality, and fair valuation provide a strong buy-and-hold thesis. Shopify stock is well-positioned to deliver significant returns to shareholders as the company expands its market presence and capitalizes on growing e-commerce trends.

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.

Fool contributor Brian Paradza has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Shopify. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

More on Tech Stocks

woman retiree on computer
Tech Stocks

2 Top TSX Growth Stocks to Buy Today and Hold for 10 Years

Given their long-term growth prospects and discounted valuations, these two growth stocks could deliver multi-fold returns in the long run.

Read more »

hot air balloon in a blue sky
Dividend Stocks

3 Roaring Stocks to Hold for the Next 20 Years

Sure, there are stocks roaring upwards in the last year, but these three can claim doing it for decades.

Read more »

A chip in a circuit board says "AI"
Tech Stocks

How to Invest in C3.ai Stock in Canada

Are you looking for growth from our neighbours to the south? This tech stock has it, but how can Canadians…

Read more »

Hand arranging wood block stacking as step stair with arrow up.
Tech Stocks

Better Buy in July: Passive-Income Plays or Growth Stocks?

Will July mark the beginning of an economic recovery? Should you consider investing in passive income or growth stocks ahead…

Read more »

A chip in a circuit board says "AI"
Tech Stocks

This is the Best AI Stock to Buy Right Now

When it comes to AI stocks, Nvidia stock should jump to mind. But don't forget about the absolute dominance of…

Read more »

Choose a path
Tech Stocks

BB Stock’s Dismal Earnings: I’ll Stay Away

BlackBerry Inc (TSX:BB) stock crashed after earnings. Here's why I'm still staying away.

Read more »

sad concerned deep in thought
Tech Stocks

Is the Worst Over for BlackBerry Stock?

BlackBerry stock has been burning investors' money for the last four years. Is the worst over for this stock? Here…

Read more »

Person uses a tablet in a blurred warehouse as background
Tech Stocks

1 Super Tech Stock (Besides NVIDIA) to Buy Hand Over Fist in 2024

A TSX super tech stock could deliver comparable or far better returns than the AI king across the border.

Read more »