Saturday, August 25, 2018

PagSeguro Disrupting A Large, Previously Untapped Market

Fintech has been good to investors recently, with the markets prizing highly leverageable “toll-taker” models that can earn small, high-profit bits of revenue off of repeated transactions. One of the classic examples of this model is the merchant acquirer (think companies like Global Payments (GPN)), and PagSeguro (PAGS) is bringing a new and disruptive acquiring model to the small business market in Brazil.

No brief article can completely capture or summarize the risks of a company, so please do your own careful due diligence. In addition to the risk that comes with competing with the likes of Cielo (OTCPK:CIOXY), Itau Unibanco’s (NYSE:ITUB) acquiring operations, newer entrants like SumUp, MercadoLibre’s (MELI) Mercado Pago, and now PayPal (PYPL), there are significant regulatory risks, operating/execution risks, and macroeconomic risks.

All of that said, this is an interesting growth story, as PagSeguro has already carved out good initial market share in the “micro-merchant” niche and stands to benefit not only from ongoing merchant acquisition, but increasing transaction volume and value. Fintech valuation has often tended to exist in its own world, but PagSeguro’s growth potential could make it worth a look from aggressive investors who can accept the above-average risks.

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PagSeguro Disrupting A Large, Previously Untapped Market

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