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3 ASX shares rated as buys by fundie

Fundie NAOS Ex-50 Opportunities (ASX:NAC) has discussed three ASX shares that are rated as a buy including Objective Corporation (ASX:OCL).
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There are some ASX shares worth buying and owning according to fund manager Naos Asset Management.

What is Naos Asset Management’s investment approach?

Naos is led by chief investment officer (CIO) Sebastian Evans. NAOS Ex-50 Opportunities Company Ltd (ASX: NAC) is one of the listed investment companies (LIC) operated by Naos.

That particular LIC generally looks at businesses with market capitalisations between $250 million and $6 billion. That’s what Naos deems to be a ‘mid-cap’.

The fund manager has a number of investment focuses. It looks for businesses that are good value with long term growth potential. With its portfolio, Naos believes it’s better to have a quality portfolio rather than numerous holdings. That’s why it only holds around 10 positions in each fund, with each ASX share representing a high-conviction position.

Naos invests in the small cap ASX shares and mid caps for the long-term. It considers the performance and the liquidity of its positions whilst ignoring the index. Performance can sometimes be quite variable when compared to the index.

It looks to invest purely in industrial companies whilst also considering the ESG factors (environmental, social and governance).

Here are three ASX shares worth owning, according to Naos:

Objective Corporation Limited (ASX: OCL)

Naos describes Objective Corporation as a business that’s founder led and provides specialist software for regulated industries such as government, councils and financial services. The fundie says that Objective has mission critical software, built on providing improved governance, service delivery and workflow-process efficiency.

The fund manager says Objective Corporation is a global leader in the space, with over 1,000 customers and 10 product offerings across many countries.

The ASX share held its annual general meeting recently and released a detailed presentation. Whilst there were no new comments provided, Naos thought there were a few interesting comments that supported the view of long-term growth of the business. One comment related to FY21 guidance being reiterated for “material growth in revenue and profitability”. Another comment was about how acquisitions remain a core part of the strategy. Finally, more detail was provided about how the integration of iTree, together with the recent product launches of Gov365 and Objective Build is progressing.

Naos said that with annualised recurring revenue (ARR) now standing at $53 million, the fundie believes the ASX share is on target to achieve, or even exceed, the long term ARR ambition of more than $127 million.

Eureka Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: EGH)

According to Naos, Eureka Group is a provider of quality and affordable rental accommodation for independent seniors within a community environment. Eureka owns 30 villages and manages a further nine villages with a total of more than 2,000 places across Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

Eureka recently held its annual general meeting (AGM) and the ASX share gave a market update in early November which included FY21 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) guidance of $9.8 million to $10.2 million. This equates to growth of 21% to 26% compared to the prior corresponding period. Occupancy has remained above 95% and the business still wants to sell non-core assets, which will provide the funding for organic growth and acquisition opportunities that Eureka is targeting.

The fund manager believes Eureka has multiple levers that can be pulled to help earnings growth at a significant rate going forward, and when overlaid with the current industry tailwinds, Naos thinks Eureka will be highly attractive to investors, particularly in this low interest environment as investors seek returns.

Experience Co Ltd (ASX: EXP)

Experience Co is a business that is one of the largest adventure tourism businesses with experiences like tandem skydiving, indigenous experiences and tours to the Great Barrier Reef. The company currently has numerous locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Naos said that with many of the domestic state borders being opened, or expected to be opened in the near future, Experience Co will have a strong tailwind from this leading into the key summer holiday season.

The Australian operations are currently operating at between 30% to 40% capacity compared to the prior corresponding period. Naos believes there is significant earnings potential from greater domestic demand which may lead to greater profit leverage. The fund manager thinks Experience Co will emerge with a much more efficient business, lower costs and a greatly reduced commission model to third party sellers which may result in EBITDA being significantly higher than the results it generated under the previous management’s strategy.

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Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of EXPERNCECO FPO and Objective Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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