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Following the company’s first quarter results, National Bank Financial analyst Richard Tse has maintained his “Outperform” rating on Constellation Software (Constellation Software Stock Quote, Chart, News, Analysts, Financials TSX:CSU).

On May 10, CSU reported its Q1, 2024 results. The company posted Net Income of $105-million on revenue of $2.35-billion, a topline that was up 23%, year-over-year.

The analyst summarized the quarterly results.

“Constellation reported essentially in-line FQ1 results relative to our (NBF) expectations,” he wrote. “With respect to the key growing driver, capital deployment (on acquisitions), Constellation deployed $288 mln in the quarter (inclusive of deferred payments), down 60% Y/Y given the challenging year-over-year comparable as WideOrbit closed on January 1, 2023. Excluding the outsized contribution from WideOrbit (US$490 mln) in the prior year, capital deployment in the quarter was up 26% Y/Y. We’d also note Constellation deployed an additional $553 mln subsequent to quarter end bringing the year-to-date total up to $841 mln. That represents 37% of our $2.3 bln F24 estimate required to achieve a +20% Y/Y revenue / earnings growth rate. In addition to the primary growth driver of acquisitions, Constellation reported its 13th consecutive quarter of positive organic growth (in constant currency – CC), up 3% Y/Y; which continues to be impressive given its highly diversified businesses with limited revenue synergies. Also important, Maintenance and Other Recurring revenue was up 7% Y/Y organically (+6% in CC) which suggests continued pricing power.”

WISH"

In a research update to clients May 12, Tse maintained his “Outperform” rating and price target of $4300.00 on CSU, implying a return of 15.2% at the time of publication.

The analyst thinks the company will post EBITDA of $2.74-billion on revenue of $10.1-billion in fiscal 2024. He expects those numbers will improve to EBITDA of $3.38-billion on a topline of $12.0-billion in fiscal 2025.

“Bottom line, FQ1 results have Constellation tracking in line with our investment thesis,” Tse concluded. “That consistency is one reason why this is a stalwart name among our coverage group and why CSU remains a top pick.”

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