On the surface, Cielo (OTCQX:CIOXY) would look like a good play on Brazil's eventual economic recovery. While the merchant acquiring space in Brazil is getting more competitive, Cielo's relationships with Banco do Brasil (OTCPK:BDORY) and Bradseco (NYSE:BBD) supports strong market share and Brazil's relatively low card penetration rate suggests above-average growth potential in the years to come. Go below the surface, though, and there are a lot of competitive risks to consider, as well as potential changes to the regulatory environment that would meaningfully alter the company's business mix.
like Cielo, and I think it's one of the better-known, higher-quality
plays on Brazil. I would be careful about getting a good margin of
safety going in, though, and I'm not convinced that's on offer today.
While my double-digit required rate of return may be too steep and my
expectation of high single-digit FCF growth may be too conservative, I
think Cielo is close to fair value and the added competitive and
regulatory risk factors push me a little more toward the sidelines.
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