Roblox Corporation’s (NYSE:RBLX) strong quarterly report is a defining moment for the game maker. Not only is RBLX stock one of the few strong performers after its initial public offering (IPO) but the fundamentals are more solid than markets thought.
Roblox shows signs of catching up or exceeding Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) or Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), respectively, on a market capitalization comparison. It does not rely on blockbuster game titles like EA and Activision. Most importantly, its user base is growing at a strong pace.
First Quarter Strength Supports Upside in RBLX Stock
Roblox posted first-quarter GAAP earnings per share of negative 46 cents. Bookings rose by 161% Y/Y to $652.3 million. The company’s year-over-year growth is exceptionally strong. Furthermore, the daily active user growth Y/Y is exceptional, at 42.1 million in Q1/2021 (refer to slide 19 here). Bookings remain elevated at $652.3 million, although Y/Y growth slowed compared to the last three quarters. Still, Roblox has only modest personnel cost growth. Conversely, developer exchange fees are still growing. This will pay off. The better the product gets, the more DAUs will grow.
In the gaming space, user growth matters more than profits in the near term. The company needs to foster its ecosystem, capturing growth globally and attracting users across all major age groups. For example, the U13 (under 13) category is growing very well. This audience will offer strong recurring revenue over the next several quarters.
Hours of engagement are still rising. Growth slowed slightly, up 98% Y/Y. Growth peaked in Q1/2020, up 164% Y/Y. As long as the average bookings per DAU are in the double digits (at $15.48 in Q1), investors should stay content.
Roblox’s IPO gives the company the capital it needs to grow the business. It continues to expand geographically. Its user base benefits from the age demographic. Chief Financial Officer Michael Guthrie said on the conference call that the company is nowhere near “close to being done” on growing geographically and by age demographic.
Despite trading at a price-to-sales of around 44 times, RBLX shares are growth investments whose revenue will keep growing. For example, Roblox still has to increase its growth in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. The strong management team suggests that the company will not miss expectations.
In China, Roblox is in the early phases of breaking out on growth. It has a strong, young, and talented developer community in the region.
RBLX Stock: Fair Value
Roblox does not score that well overall or on growth. Still, it has a strong valuation rating score:
As Roblox reports strong revenue growth, expect the growth score to rise from here. Unfortunately, the seven analysts who rate the stock as a “buy” have an $85 price target (per Tipranks). This suggests that the stock is already trading at close to fair value.
In the five-year discounted cash flow EBITDA model above, RBLX shares have a fair value of around $80.
|Discount Rate||7.5% – 6.5%||7.00%|
|Terminal EBITDA Multiple||20.7x – 22.7x||21.7x|
|Fair Value||$74.24 – $83.18||$78.63|
The model uses an EBITDA Exit multiple to calculate Terminal Value after five years.
Readers may bookmark the link above or open it to change the assumptions.
|Fiscal Years Ending||20-Dec||21-Dec||22-Dec||23-Dec||24-Dec||25-Dec|
|% of Revenue||-24.10%||46.90%||35.00%||45.00%||44.00%||40.00%|
Above are the revenue projections over the next five years. Assume strong growth this year and next, followed by a slight decline. Value investors should wait for another potential dip in the stock, to capture a bigger margin of safety. Growth investors should continue accumulating the stock and holding it for the next few years. Roblox is in the early innings of major growth, thanks to its thriving developer community and user base.
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