Agilysys, Inc. is a Solid Pick for Growth-Oriented Investors Amid Economic Fluctuations

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Written By Kevin MacDonald

Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS), a company that enhances the experience for travelers worldwide through its hospitality cloud offerings, stands out as a promising candidate for growth-focused investors.

Positioned at the intersection of growth and profitability, AGYS showcases a 21% revenue growth paired with a notable 13% EBITDA margin.

This performance places the company within the growth at the right price (GARP) category, attracting attention for its consistent growth and earnings trajectory.

Recent Financial Highlights

The company’s financial results for Fiscal Q3 highlight its resilience and growth momentum in a challenging macroeconomic environment.

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Notably, Agilysys reported revenue of $60.6 million, with a record $35.1 million stemming from recurring revenue, underlining a 21% overall growth.

The growth in subscription solutions by 29.9% is particularly impressive, with 90% of the 81 properties added during the quarter being subscription-based. This strategic focus on recurring income is pivotal for enhancing margins and securing long-term value.

The transition towards a subscription model is evident in the company’s financials, with gross margins increasing to 62.5%.

Operating margins have also seen improvement, reflecting the company’s successful navigation post-COVID hospitality recession. The emphasis on subscription revenue is a strategic move to bolster margins over the long term, despite short-term variability.

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Operational Strengths and Market Expansion

Agilysys has demonstrated its ability to upsell within its existing customer base significantly, attributing to its more streamlined offering.

The property management system’s performance, adding 11 new customers, signals one of the strongest quarters for AGYS.

The company’s growth is notably strong in Europe and North America, with anticipation of continued recovery in Asian tourism through 2024.

With a 6% increase in sales backlog compared to the previous year, Agilysys maintains a positive outlook for future revenue growth, projecting a solid 17.5% increase.

This outlook is further supported by the company’s upward revenue guidance for Fiscal 2024, indicating a robust demand continuum distinct from the slowdown experienced by other software entities.

Investment in Future Growth and Competitive Edge

Agilysys’s continued investments in marketing, cloud infrastructure, and support signal its commitment to long-term growth and market leadership.

The shift towards a full subscription model aligns with industry trends and has been instrumental in improving margins.

Despite recent stock price pullbacks from all-time highs, AGYS presents an attractive valuation proposition, especially with operating margins and revenue growth demonstrating strong performance trends.

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Stock Performance and Market Opportunity

The recent underperformance, marked by an 11% return over the past year, contrasts with the solid fundamentals and growth trajectory of Agilysys. The selling of 3.4% of outstanding shares in February led to a 15% price drop, an overreaction that opens a buying opportunity for new investors.

This scenario is likely attracting funds looking for short-term weaknesses to capitalize on strong fundamentals at lower prices.

A Strategic Growth Investment

Agilysys, Inc. emerges as a compelling investment choice, particularly for those anticipating a market shift from mega-cap names to smaller, growth-oriented companies through 2024.

With its blend of growth, profitability, and reasonable valuation, AGYS is positioned for potential capital gains.

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Despite its under-the-radar status due to its B2B nature and smaller market size, Agilysys should not be overlooked by investors seeking robust growth prospects in the coming year.

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