Exela’s $18.3 Million Contract Win Sparks Retail Buying

By Fintel. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Exela

Global business process automation company Exela Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:XELA)’s battered shares drew fresh retail investor interest this week after it said Friday it won three new contracts totaling $18.3 million over the next three years, with revenue to begin accruing in the third quarter of 2022.

Exela’s SVP and business manager Lakshmi Chandramohan said, “These new wins demonstrate the flexibility and potential that XBP offers customers. Additionally, we have a pipeline of new opportunities that we are pursuing that leverage the strength of the XBP platform..”


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Exela Technologies was formed in 2017 when SourceHOV LCC, Novitex Holdings, and SPAC Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2 merged.

The news sparked retail buying and pushed XELA up 89 spots to 102 on the most held securities ranking. The chart below illustrates the level of this activity over the past three months:

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Institutional ownership rose sharply last month,, too and the company now includes 80 institutions on its shareholder roster, according to US Securities and Exchange Committee data.

This activity gives XELA a 62.66 ownership accumulation score, placing the company in the top one-third of 24,088 screened companies. Here’s that data charted.

Exela

Company officers joined the buying, giving it an 85.86 Officer Accumulation Score and placing it in the top one percent of 11,483 screened companies.

Additionally, on May 23, Exela agreed to issue $250 million in shares at the market price, rating the money for general corporate purposes. The selling syndicate included B. Riley Securities, Cantor Fitzgerald, Mizuho Securities, and Needham & Co.

Analyst Thoughts And Coverage

Zach Cummins from B. Riley Securities believes revenue showed stabilization coupled with contracting solid activity. He said he expects headwinds from staff shortages and inflationary labor costs to persist in the coming quarters. Cummins retained his ‘neutral’ rating and reduced his price target to 35 cents from 55 cents, saying the company’s balance sheet repair will need more shareholder dilution.

Josh Siegler from Cantor Fitzgerald noted recent contract wins as encouraging. The analyst also believes a new, favorable, financing arrangement with PNC, $150 million at four percent, shows investor confidence. He stays ‘overweight’ with a  $2 target and believes there is significant upside potential if XELA can execute its growth plan while improving the balance sheet.

Across the two brokers covering the stock, there is an average ‘overweight’ rating with a target price of $1.18.

Article by Ben Ward, Fintel

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