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Is ZIP ASX a good investment?

Pepperstone
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10 Oct 2022

Let us dig deeper into ZIP ASX

Founded in 2013, Zip Co Limited is a financial technology company who specialise in digital retail finance and payments. ZIP ASX is a player in the BNPL marketplace.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in January 2020, cash has taken a backseat with card payments the preferred choice for many retailers. Will this trend continue?

The rise and fall of ZIP ASX shares

Zip Co Limited shares witnessed a powerful rally from the 2020 low of 1.05 to the peak in February 2021 of 14.53, a rally of 1275%.

The rally has been mirrored by an equally exceptional decline with the current share price below the 2020 base.

Figure 1 Trading View  ZIP share price

A player in the BNPL marketplace

Zip is at the forefront of the Buy Now Pay Later arena. It allows holders to spread the cost of retail purchases over 4 interest free payments. For instance, we buy a pair of trainers at £80. We pay the first payment of £20 when we purchase the goods. The next 3 payments of £20 are paid over 6-weeks with no interest or fees to be paid.

Figure 2 ZIP Purchase Plan

How does ZIP make money?

Instead of making money from you, BNPL providers make money from taking a small cut from the partnered retailers.

What has driven ZIP lower?

During the COVID-1- pandemic, online shopping witnessed strong growth with consumers unable to visit stores. Although ZIP still posts healthy top-line figures, they are suffering from bad debts resulting in greater losses. This combination is weighing on the share price.

The recent sharp rise in global inflation is also having an impact on consumer spending power and their willingness to take on more debt.

A look from a technical perspective  

ZIP ASX has only posted one positive monthly performance in the last 11. Although this sounds like an extremely good reason to stay away from the stock, it should be noted that July’s performance left a technical candle known as a Bullish Outside Bar. This candle pattern is often seen at the base of a trend and the start of a new upward bias. For more information on technical analysis click here.

Figure 3 Trading View  Bullish Outside Month

Looking into a shorter time frame of 8-hours, there is a possible technical pattern known as a bullish BAT formation, completing between 0.63 and 0.58. A break of the previous low 0.435 invalidates the pattern.

Figure 3 Trading View  possible BAT formation

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