Momo: What Happened?

May 01, 2019 3:40 AM ETHello Group Inc. (MOMO)53 Comments


  • On Monday, April 29, Momo's stock price went down by 7%.
  • The reason was an announcement by the company of the blocking of Tantan in some app stores in China.
  • The huge drop is ridiculous for several reasons.
  • With a PEG of just 0.73, a forward P/E of 12.5 and earnings growth expectations of 20% and more for years to come, I think Momo is a great investment.

An Introduction

As my loyal readers know, I have written quite a few articles about Momo (NASDAQ:MOMO). I picked it in July 2017 as the third pick in the Potential Multibaggers series and I have written six updates since then. One of the reasons I have written about it so frequently is that the stock price has been all over the place since that first pick. And yes, Momo did it again. On Monday 29, the stock dropped 7%:

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The reason: negative news about Tantan, Momo's dating app which is very similar to Tinder (MTCH). Sensational headlines warned investors:

(Source: The Street)

If you don't know the context, this news sounds ugly but if you do, this is just a storm in a teacup. If you realize that at the end of this article, then I have attained my goal.

Momo, a short introduction

For those who wouldn't know Momo, a quick introduction. If you know it, you can skip this part, but I didn't want to write this exclusively for those who already know Momo well. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor momo app logo

(Momo's logo)

Momo is a mobile platform in Chinese. The original app was a social networking platform based on location and interests. Basically, this means that you can meet people who are near you and/or have the same interests as you. That gave it its name of a hook-up app, although the company didn't like that at first. But Momo has much more: chatrooms, karaoke, social groups, social mobile games, etc.

The first big shift for Momo came with Hani, its stand-alone video application, which became hugely successful. In May 2018, one year ago, Momo had its second big shift: it bought Tantan, which you could call the Chinese Tinder. I thought this was an excellent acquisition since Momo had

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Disclosure: I am/we are long MOMO, MTCH. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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