May 15, 2014

Doug Kass likes UK company Monitise

Monitise is a London company that provides a platform for payments on mobile devices. It trades in London and over the counter in the U.S. [MONIF]. I see this as at least a five-bagger. There is probably no larger business than the mobile-payments industry. This company has a market cap of about $1.2 billion, and could well be one of the most important disrupters in the mobile-payments industry. Visa and Visa Europe own about 13% of it. 

Monitise just did a private offering in the U.K. at 68 pence [$1.14] a share. The stock is down a little to about 66 pence. MasterCard has also taken a stake in it. Leon Cooperman, who runs the hedge-fund firm Omega Advisors, has increased his stake to 12% and is the largest shareholder. Monitise, which isn't making money, owing to heavy investment in future growth, has 28 million subscribers. It plans is to have 100 million by 2016, and 200 million by 2018, and it expects fees to go up.



Article originally published on April 26, 2014 on http://online.barrons.com/news/articles/SB50001424053111904703704579507354252255452

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