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Shopify shares on cloud nine after Baird raises price target

Analyst Colin Sebastian noted that it's ratio of customer’s gained from other platforms to those lost was roughly 7:1

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Baird revised up its revenue estimates for 2019 upward amid a price target lift

Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) (TSE:SHOP) made gains Friday after Baird upped its price target for the stock by just over 10%, to $208 from $188.

The e-commerce company is still taking significant share despite increased competition, analyst Colin Sebastian wrote in a research note Thursday, noting that the company’s ratio of customer’s gained from other platforms to those lost was roughly 7:1.

Shares rose nearly 1% to C$262.25 in Toronto and and to US$196.02 in New York.

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Regarding the Ottawa, Ontario company’s competitors, including salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM), Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) among others, Sebastian was unfazed.

“While we would not dismiss the risks [or] opportunities for any of these companies,” Sebastian wrote. “Shopify's platform required [more than] $1 billion in R&D and marketing investment just over the past four years and remains differentiated from current alternatives.

As a result, Baird revised its revenue estimates for 2019 upward to $1.49 billion from $1.48 billion and for 2020 to $1.91 billion from $1.89 billion.

The consensus estimates are $1.49 billion and $1.96 billion, respectively. In February, Shopify projected 2019 revenue between $1.46 billion and $1.48 billion.

According to a survey of 183 e-commerce executives from Internet Retailer, Shopify was the leading choice for new e-commerce platform, followed by Salesforce and Adobe.

Contact Andrew Kessel at [email protected]

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