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Network International “uniquely exposed” to structural growth opportunities, says Liberum

Initiating coverage on the stock with a 'buy' rating, the City broker's analysts noted that the payments provider has “significant scale” in the Middle East and African markets

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They said more digital payments and economic growth in these markets supported double-digit revenue growth

Payment solutions provider Network International Holdings PLC (LON:NETW) is “uniquely exposed” to structural growth opportunities according to analysts at Liberum Capital, who initiated coverage of the recently floated stock on Wednesday with a ‘buy’ rating and 650p target price.

In a note to clients, the City broker's analysts noted that Network international was the only end-to-end payments provider that had “significant scale” in the Middle East and African (ME&A) markets, which means, when combined with a well-invested platform, it is able to benefit from a number of growth drivers, particularly the shift away from cash to e-commerce and digital payments within the two regions.

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The Liberum analysts said that the shift toward digital payments and broader economic expansion across ME&A supports double-digit revenue growth for the firm, which in turn will contribute to a doubling of free-cash-flow over the next five years.

They pointed out that there are also other “credible” sources of upside for the firm that are not in their base case valuation, particularly greater outsourcing of processes from financial institutions and increased penetration for the company’s services into Saudi Arabia.

Liberum's initiation of coverage comes just over a month after the Network international made its debut on the main board of the London Stock Exchange after raising around £1.1bn in an initial public offering (IPO), the largest float of a technology firm in the UK since Worldpay Inc (NYSE:WP) debuted in 2015.

Since the 15 April float, Network international shares have performed strongly and are currently trading around 26% higher than their IPO price of 435p.

However, In lunchtime trades on Wednesday, the shares were down 2.7% at 550p.

Quick facts: Network International Holdings PLC

Price: 535 GBX

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Market Cap: £2.68 billion
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