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Here’s Why Criteo Stock Was Up Today

What happened

Shares of advertising platform Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO) were up on Wednesday, after the French company released financial results for the second quarter of 2022. The company also informed investors that it completed a previously announced acquisition, but on dramatically different terms. As of 3 p.m. ET, Criteo stock was up 10%.

So what

It’s been a bad year for adtech stocks. This industry can be loosely tracked with an exchange-traded fund (ETF) like SmartETFs Advertising & Marketing Technology ETF. This ETF is down 45% year to date and Criteo stock has trended downward on a nearly identical path. In short, with Apple and Alphabet‘s Google making things harder for digital ad companies, investors expected Criteo to perform poorly.

Criteo’s Q2 revenue according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was down 10% year over year. However, excluding traffic acquisition costs (a normal thing for adtech companies to exclude) it was only down 3%. And revenue was actual up 7% in constant currency, compensating for the strength of the U.S. dollar. Moreover, the company’s net income increased to $18 million from $15 million last year — resilient results despite the challenging operating environment.

Now what

On Aug. 1, Criteo acquired fellow ad company IPONWEB. The company was originally going to acquire it for $380 million. However, with valuations down, it bought it for just $250 million, or about 2.5 times IPONWEB’s sales in 2021. This acquisition is expected to be accretive to Criteo’s revenue, and it’s part of why management is guiding for full-year adjusted revenue growth of 11% to 14% in constant currency.

One thing for Criteo shareholders to be excited about is ongoing cross-selling opportunities. According to management, just 28% of customers used more than one Criteo product last year. Now, that’s up to 33%. If this trend can continue, I expect Criteo’s business results to continue to impress.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Jon Quast has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), and Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Criteo and recommends the following options: long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple and short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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