Why Shares In Monitise Plc Skidded Today

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monitiseWhat: Shares of Monitise (LSE: MONI) fell by as much as 13% in early trade, after the mobile banking technology platform lowered its full-year revenue guidance to £95-£97m, or growth of 31%-33% year-on-year. The firm had previously expected revenue growth of 40%, but shifted abruptly to a new subscription-based business model, with lower up-front revenue.

So what: The AIM-traded firm decided to negotiate a small number of big contracts on a long-term subscription basis, favouring this over signing the deals before the end of the year with a large up-front license component resulting in “sub-optimal” subsequent revenue. Monitise expects revenue to grow by more than 25% in 2015. Longer-term guidance — including the intention to achieve profitability in 2016 — has been maintained.

Now what: Monitise said that the new subscription platform “has been extremely well received by our partners, customers and prospective customers”. By the end of 2018 Monitise is targeting 200m registered users each generating an average revenue of £2.50. Monitise has a strong balance sheet with £144m net cash compared with £86m a year earlier and no debt. 

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Mark does not own Monitise. The Motley Fool owns shares in Monitise.