The Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) share price was one of the best performing ASX shares up until mid-February when things took a turn. What happened?
The post Why is the Zip (ASX:Z1P) share price down 30% this month? appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia. –
Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) shares have slipped ~30% in March and almost 50% from their February all-time record high of $14.53. While the Zip share price remains positive in year-to-date returns, how did things go so sour for the leading buy now, pay later (BNPL) provider?
What’s been impacting the Zip share price?
Pending update for potential US listing
A potential catalyst for the significant run back in the Zip share price in late-January may have been the rumours surrounding the company’s secondary listing in the United States. Zip management spent several days in front of US investors, highlighting the company’s growth story in the world’s largest economy and attracting US investor interest. US tech shares typically fetch a higher valuation and a secondary listing could benefit the Zip share price.
Two months on, however, and the market has yet to receive any clarification about a secondary listing.
“Grim near-term outlook”
Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) released a research report on 24 March for Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) titled “Buy Now Pay 2030”. The report mapped out a 10-year flightpath for the BNPL industry, including key inflection points and key triggers.
The report noted that:
The BNPL industry has seen explosive growth in the past few years and quickly gained popularity as a payment alternative, but as with many other such trends experienced in the past (China Commodities in 2015, China Autos in 2018), we think an excessive number of participants has entered the industry in the near term resulting in industry overcapacity.
We expect this to be followed by a few years of industry consolidation (i.e. pain for all players) before industry normalisation at a healthier supply/demand equilibrium.
A relevant example could be ASX lithium shares that have experienced a similar boom, bust and consolidation cycle.
Despite the grim outlook, the commentary sees the industry become healthier at the end of the cycle, with the “strong getting stronger and the weak losing out”.
Broader weakness for ASX tech shares
The Zip share price slump since mid-February has largely coincided with the weakness across the broader tech sector. The S&P/ASX 200 Info Tech Index (ASX: XIJ) reached an all-time record high on 10 February, before falling ~17% to a 5-month low. This compares to the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) which is relatively flat over the same period.
Where to invest $1,000 right now
When investing expert Scott Phillips has a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the flagship Motley Fool Share Advisor newsletter he has run for more than eight years has provided thousands of paying members with stock picks that have doubled, tripled or even more.*
Scott just revealed what he believes are the five best ASX stocks for investors to buy right now. These stocks are trading at dirt-cheap prices and Scott thinks they are great buys right now.
*Returns as of February 15th 2021
- Are there any bargains when everyone knows everything?
- ASX 200 Weekly Wrap: ASX 200 gets its mojo back
- 5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Monday
- 2 of the best ASX growth shares to buy in April
- How does the Afterpay (ASX:APT) share price size up against US-listed Affirm?
Kerry Sun has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of ZIPCOLTD FPO. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Macquarie Group Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.