CentralNic Group (AIM: CNIC)

Currency in GBP

Last close As at 25/01/2023

GBP1.43

−3.50 (−2.40%)

Market capitalisation

GBP415m

CentralNic’s two divisions help businesses go online: Online Presence (reseller, corporate and SME) and Online Marketing. Services include domain name reselling, hosting, website building, security certification and website monetisation.

CNIC supplies the tools needed for businesses to develop their online presence and generate revenues through online marketing. It delivers services to c 40m domain names, with organic growth driven by its privacy-safe digital marketing division, supported by M&A.

Sector

TMT

Equity Analyst

Max Hayes

Max Hayes

Associate Analyst

Key Management

  • Ben Crawford

    CEO

  • Don Baladasan

    Group managing director

  • Iain McDonald

    Chairman

  • Michael Riedl

    CFO

Balance Sheet

Forecast net debt (US$m)

62.7

Forecast gearing ratio (%)

32

Share Price Performance

Price Performance
% 1M 3M 12M
Actual (4.0) 11.3 15.5
Relative (7.6) 0.7 12.7
52 week high/low 159.0p/111.0p

Financials

CentralNic (CNIC) announced on 19 December that it is acquiring a portfolio of niche websites as part of its vertical integration strategy for its Online Marketing segment. The portfolio provides the company with exclusive special internet traffic to monetise and will be immediately earnings accretive. This is the latest in a multi-year series of acquisitions that has been transformative for the business, driving strong free cash flow generation. Combined with recent debt restructuring, CNIC is now in a position to start to return cash to shareholders and expects to launch its first share buyback by the end of FY22. We have upgraded our FY22 and FY23 revenue and profit forecasts to reflect these recent announcements, as well as the group’s strong trading. The acquisition follows the recent announcement of CEO Ben Crawford’s retirement from the CNIC board, with group CFO Michael Riedl appointed as his successor.

Y/E Dec Revenue (US$m) EBITDA (US$m) PBT (US$m) EPS (fd) (c) P/E (x) P/CF (x)
2020A 240.0 29.4 17.6 6.86 25.3 85.5
2021A 410.5 46.3 31.9 10.91 15.9 16.9
2022E 708.2 83.6 69.0 17.88 9.7 7.1
2023E 811.0 94.4 79.6 19.33 9.0 6.8

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