While valuations of public software-as-a-service businesses have been taking a hammering of late as investors cool on the sector amid a wider, post-pandemic tech stock sell-off, SaaS startups still need to raise funding to scale their budding businesses — or, well, they hope they’ll be able to do so on reasonable terms despite these wider market bumps.
Today, London-based Legl — a 2019-founded SaaS startup that sells tools to law firms wanting to digitize processes and automate workflows in areas like client onboarding, payments and compliance to support a more modern customer experience — is announcing the close of an $18 million Series B round, just over a year after it raised a $7M Series A.
The Series B was led by several technology investors, including existing investor Octopus Ventures (which led its Series A), although Legl isn’t specifying the round’s other backers. Previously disclosed investors in the business include Backed, Samaipata and First Round Capital, plus a number of angels.
The startup says it has grown its customer base from around 100 UK-based law firms back in March 2021 to 170+ now — which it specifies includes 20 of the Top 200 firms in the country.
It’ll be using the Series B to kick off planned international expansion, focusing on other markets where its UK client base has offices and ploughing cash into product dev and hiring.
“There is a global opportunity for law firms to run their businesses in a more modern, efficient, revenue-driving and client-friendly way. We are working with our client base to start expanding out to their international offices which lie across multiple different geographies,” says founder and CEO, Julia Salasky.
“Over the past year, we’ve built out our vision of a new category in the legal space — client lifecycle management — by investing in the underlying CRM that enables law firms not only to digitize previously manual business workflows across the client lifecycle but to understand their client base better. We’ve leaned into our core competencies in risk management, compliance and payments and finance, enabling law firms to both undertake activities that touch on their regulated business processes but also improve cashflow and drive better client experience.
“With the new funding we will expand our workflow driven approach to managing business operations and in particular focus on how law firms can drive faster revenue, better and de-risked financial management and a better client experience. We already enable law firms to manage a large proportion of their client base and payment stack and plan to drive more capabilities for more firms over the coming months,” she adds.
Salasky, whose name may also be familiar as prior founder of the CrowdJustice platform, tells us Legl has seen 3x revenue growth over the past year and 150% net revenue retention, suggesting its SaaS is proving a sticky hit with law firms.
She declines to disclose the startup’s valuation for the Series B but confirms the raise was certainly not a down round.
“This is a big up round for us! Last round, last year we raised $7M and this is an $18M round (closed in this new funding climate!), building on the revenue growth and momentum we’ve had,” she notes.
Discussing whether the SaaS startup is feeling any impact from a wider market cooling on tech and SaaS stocks, she adds: “Law firms are notoriously counter-cyclical businesses, so they don’t tend to suffer as much as traditional corporates in a downturn. But in general what we see is that as we demonstrate increased value to law firms and drive better core business operations, we become more, not less valuable, irrespective of market conditions.”
Legal and compliance tech has been an increasingly active category for startups in recent years. But Salasky suggests most of the action has focused on contract management or other targeted ‘point solutions,’ whereas Legl aims to stand apart by offering a more holistic platform for law firms to power up their ability to serve clients by providing them with a suite of digital tools that can automate and support their business operations. This frees up in-house expertise to focus on more of the core legal work.
“There is an explosion of investment in contract management and other areas where the substantive legal work could be improved. But what we are doing at Legl takes a different approach — we are focused on the business of law, on the running of a complex regulated business that has clients at its heart, and where to date there has been very little in the way of cloud-based technology,” she suggests.
Commenting on the Series B in a statement, Malcolm Ferguson, investor at Octopus Ventures, added: “We’re delighted to continue to support Julia and the team on their mission to free up lawyers’ time so they focus on creating value for their clients. The company has grown really strongly over the last 12 months, and is positioning itself to become the go-to solution for law firms looking to modernise and automate their non-core work. Not only does this improve a law firm’s revenues, and margins, but [it] also means they can deliver a meaningfully better experience to their clients. We’re excited to see what Julia can achieve with this funding over the coming years.”stocks pandemic uk
An Investor’s Look Back for 2022
As we approach the end of June, now is a good time to look back over the market to see what has been happening. The price action is in the bottom right…
As we approach the end of June, now is a good time to look back over the market to see what has been happening.
The price action is in the bottom right corner of the charts, whereas, at the end of 2021, it was in the top right corner of the charts. Who could have seen the problems coming? I think the technical analysis arena did an excellent job of showing the risks for downside momentum to increase.
On December 17th, I recorded a video about the technical problems aligning in the market and how they created the situation for a rough start to 2022.
A historical look back
In six-month increments, let's take an educational look back on what has been happening.
Starting in June 2021, we came off the effervescent high of the SPAC boom. As the book Reminiscences of A Stock Operator highlights so clearly, when there is an abundance of money trying to enter the market, the bankers will respond with new offerings. Nowadays, venture capitalists have all the data they need to be ready to hand over these companies at lofty valuations and step aside for the downside slide. By June 2021, the SPAC announcements had slowed to a relative crawl compared to the 4th quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.
The defensive side of the market was out of favour, still showing positive returns to their investors, but vastly underperforming. Energy raged forward as the vaccines were rolling out, suggesting the economy would surge with post-pandemic freedom. More on that later. Real Estate and financials were on fire. Interestingly, the growth areas of discretionary, communications and technology were middle of the pack.
As the second half of 2021 rolled in, the market changed significantly. Communications and industrials vastly underperformed everything. Technology was back to a glory story, while discretionary and real estate continued to flourish. Financials were in the bottom third. Materials, energy and defensive names were middle of the pack.
By late December, we were also narrowing our focus on the Sexy Six large cap names that kept holding up, even while there was a large breakdown in many of the trendy areas of the market. We didn't know it at the time, but the November high in the Nasdaq was behind us. The move to electric cars and the investment theme around them came and went. Copper made a high in May 2021 and most of the metals moved sideways for the remainder of the year. Oil continued its steady climb in a big bull market that kicked off with the vaccine announcements fourteen months prior.
As we turned the corner into 2022, almost all of the upward momentum was focused in energy. Technology stocks, including semiconductors and software, moved down meaningfully as the sexy six slowly let go. Alphabet, Meta and Amazon were the early leaders to the downside. Consumer discretionary and communications dropped hard.
By the end of June, the continuous slow demise of investors' love for the technology space came to the fore. By March, investors were touting the start of a new bull market in Energy. After a 1000% gain in the oil and coal stocks, the relative strength community reluctantly decided it was a new bull market in fossil fuel energy. (You can't make that stuff up!) Still, the technology investment community has been reluctant to dive into the dark side. While the tiger cubs watched 50% of their asset valuations disappear, they couldn't muster a shift into the best performing sector for the past 18 months.
To end the quarter, the financials wobbled sideways but slowly moved lower. On Friday, June 17th, the bank ETF closed at new 52-week lows. Commodity stock markets like Australia and Canada dropped meaningfully as oil names sold off hard. Oil stocks quickly plummeted for 10 days from new highs to their 200-day moving averages, casting down 25%. The technology names continue to be sold as inflation roars. The Fed is speeding up their time line for rate hikes as the economy slows quickly under the pressure of firm gasoline prices and rising food prices.
The graph below shows the stock market price/earnings ratio (P/E) ticking down over the past 6 months. The move down is a 20% drop from all-time highs. Because this is a 100-year chart, the log scale makes the move down look small. An arithmetic chart would show this as a 20% plunge of the entire chart height. With the Fed continuously providing a trampoline for the markets from 2008 to 2022, the market has stretched into higher and more extreme valuations compared to history. Since the early nineties, the market has hugged the red line a lot more than the middle of the range at the blue line. Now that we are below the red line, we are in a relative value area for investment managers, as they have seen the market above the 20 P/E level most of their careers.
The next move for the market is unknown, but the fight between the headwinds of inflation forces and the desire for investment managers to make money before year-end should be an epic battle. Throw in the US Mid-terms and that adds more pressure.
The strength indexes we use at the Osprey Strategic website to evaluate when to put money to work are trying to turn up. If you are interested in getting help evaluating the market, check out the one-month trial at $7 on the homepage of OspreyStrategic.org. We are looking for the fourth buy point of the year right now. The last three were very short. Will this one be the one that extends into the next bull market?nasdaq stocks pandemic fed real estate etf vaccine stock markets oil canada
Stocks That Do Well in a Recession: Top 6 Companies to Buy
Here are six stocks that do well in a recession with strong cash positions, brand power, and market positions.
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New predictions from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) show a 30% chance of a recession in the next year. As a result, investors are scrambling to find stocks that do well in a recession to protect their returns.
Inflation unexpectedly rose 8.6% from last year, its highest since 1981. Meanwhile, the Fed is aggressively hiking interest rates to combat it.
Raising interest rates can slow economic growth. Although this can be good for taming inflation, there are concerns it can spark a recession. With this in mind, companies are already seeing slower growth with higher inventory levels.
For example, the CEO mentioned changing consumer behavior on Target’s (NYSE: TGT) Q1 earnings call. As a result, softer sales are leading to inventory levels well over pre-pandemic levels.
At the same time, some industries outperform during recessions. For instance, discount stores, fast food, and healthcare saw higher demand in the past few recessions.
During a recession, consumers are more cost-aware. They look to save money. So, cheaper options or necessities are solid investment ideas.
Below are six stocks that do well in a recession with strong cash positions, brand power, and market positions.
What Are the Best Stocks That Do Well in a Recession?
A recession means the economy is shrinking. Not to be confused with a depression, a recession means a few quarters of slower economic growth.
Investors are piling into defensive stocks like food and healthcare. Check out the stocks that do well in a recession below to get your portfolio back in the green this year.
No. 6 Mckesson (NYSE: MCK)
- Industry: Healthcare
- Revenue Growth: 11%
Mckesson is the largest U.S. pharmaceutical distributor. As such, the company plays a critical role in the healthcare industry.
With expanding access to health care and a growing population, Mckesson is well-positioned to continue growing. Total U.S. prescription sales expect to reach 1.4T by 2026. Not only that, but MCK is streamlining the business, focusing on high-margin opportunities.
If a recession does happen, people still need their medicine. And Mckesson is one of three drug wholesalers handling over 90% of medication.
No. 5 TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX)
- Industry: Discount Retailer
- Revenue Growth: 32%
TJX Companies is well known for its fleet of discount stores, including TJ-Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.
The discount retailer is off to a strong start this year. Though sales missed slightly, EPS and profit margins improved. The performance shows the leading off-price retailer’s position as a consumer favorite.
TJX’s business model helps them catch trends for 20% to 60% off regular prices. Furthermore, the company will likely benefit from retailers offloading high inventory levels. If there is a recession, shoppers will continue looking for deals, and TJX is the best in the business.
No. 4 Coca Cola (NYSE: KO)
- Industry: Soft Drinks
- Revenue Growth: 18%
Coca-Cola is another brand favorite with a dominant market position. In fact, Coke owns and markets five of the top six nonalcoholic drinks globally.
The drink maker has an advantage, though. Coke can raise prices to offset the higher costs and still sell. On top of this, the company focuses on high-potential areas such as coffee and low sugar.
No. 3 Mcdonald’s (NYSE: MCD)
- Industry: Fast Food
- Revenue Growth: 21%
As the largest fast-food company in the world, Mcdonald’s is a go-to favorite for fast, cheap food.
When consumers look to save money, expensive food is usually one of the first to go. For this reason, Mcdonald’s stock outperformed in 2008. Can Mickey D’s do it again?
The company’s growth strategy seems to be paying off so far. Global comp sales rose almost 12% in the first quarter while digital sales surpassed $5B.
Lastly, Mcdonald’s continues expanding its market share by focusing on a modern, digital transformation. However, below are the top two stocks to buy that do well in a recession
No. 2 Walmart (NYSE: WMT)
- Industry: Discount SuperMarket
- Revenue Growth: 2%
Walmart’s position as the largest global retailer continues to grow. By expanding into other revenue streams such as Walmart +, healthcare, and financial services, Walmart is further improving its earnings growth.
For example, comp sales have been growing significantly since last year. Not only that, but sales are increasing across the board.
Though inflation is shrinking Walmart’s bottom line, the company is in a strong position as we advance. The ability to lower prices during challenging times has worked out in Walmart’s favor. With this in mind, Walmart stock also grew during the 2008 recession.
No. 1 Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR)
- Industry: Discount Store
- Revenue Growth: 4%
After the first price rise in company history, higher margins are giving Dollar Tree new life. The hike is helping the company overcome higher costs. At the same time, the extra earnings allow DLTR to expand its selection.
Dollar Tree hit a new quarterly EPS record in Q1 of $2.37 as a result. It also opened 112 new stores in the quarter.
Meanwhile, the company plans to keep the momentum rolling with investments to add profitable growth. For example, Dollar Tree plans to upgrade data analytics, store systems, etc.
The company has a high return on invested capital (ROIC). In other words, the company is excellent at adding value for investors and consumers. To illustrate, DLTR stock gained almost 61% in 2008.
Will Buying Stocks That Do Well in a Recession Boost Returns
Recessions can cause high unemployment and painful losses. We have seen it before. But, buying stocks that do well in a recession can help buffer your portfolio from risk.
Don’t get me wrong, investing in a recession is challenging. Most assets lose significant value. Yet, a handful of companies see higher demand. With this in mind, these are the companies you will want to focus on.
For example, Walmart and Dollar Tree increased shareholder value during the last recession. With superior low-priced business models, they were able to attract cost-aware shoppers.
The most important things to consider are market position, brand power and the nature of the business. Companies with necessary items such as food, health care or utilities tend to perform well.
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Shiba Inu Price Prediction: Buy When Others Are Fearful?
When making a Shiba Inu price prediction, there are two big historical events to look at for this popular crypto.
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When making a Shiba Inu price prediction, there are two big historical events to look at. These events are the coin’s two massive surges in price. One of these surges came in the span of a few weeks in mid-2021. Then, towards the end of the year, the price surged again in an almost identical fashion. In both cases, the price retreated immediately afterward. If you want to make money buying Shina Inu Coin then the key is to buy it before the price surges. This means that you need to buy it when nobody is talking about Shiba Inu and the price isn’t moving. Basically, you need to buy it during a time like now.
NOTE: The past performance of an asset is never an indicator of future performance. Shiba Inu coin is a very volatile asset. There is no guarantee that it will ever spike in price again.
What is Shiba Inu?
Shiba Inu is a cryptocurrency that has very little utility and is more of an experiment in community building. It was created after Dogecoin, another dog-themed memecoin, surged in popularity. Shiba is known for having a cult following as well as being incredibly cheap. Each Shib costs just a fraction of a cent. Despite this, it currently has a market capitalization of $5.7 billion. It is also the 11th most popular coin on Coinbase.
One of the main reasons that investors buy Shiba Inu coin is because of Dogecoin. Dogecoin mainly started as a joke. However, it actually gained a massive following and even garnered the endorsement of billionaire Elon Musk. Many investors feel that since Elon Musk likes Dogecoin, it must be worth buying and holding. In the past, a simple tweet from Elon about Dogecoin has been enough to send Dogecoin’s price flying.
This is important because Shiba Inu’s price tends to rise/fall in sympathy with Dogecoin.
Elon Doubles Down
At the Qatar Economic Forum, Elon Musk recently reiterated his support for Dogecoin. Although he did not make an outright recommendation to buy it, he stated that he “personally supports” Dogecoin. Dogecoin’s price spiked on Elon’s statements. Accordingly, Shiba Inu’s price has spiked as well. As I write this, Shiba Inu coin is up 26% in the past week.
So does this mean that you should buy Shiba Inu?
Shiba Inu Price Prediction: Is it Time to Buy?
To start, you should never buy an investment based solely on someone’s recommendation. This is because everyone has a different risk tolerance. For example, Elon Musk is the richest man in the world. He could invest a billion dollars into Shiba Inu coin without thinking twice. He could also light a billion dollars on fire and not lose sleep. But, for many people, investing even just $100 into Shiba Inu is fairly risky. But, this doesn’t mean that buying Shiba Inu coin is always a bad idea.
Let’s examine my Shiba Inu price prediction.
Buy When Others are Fearful
There is a famous quote from Warren Buffet that goes, “You should sell stocks when others are greedy and buy them when others are fearful.” Essentially, Warren is saying that you should buy when everyone else is selling because this is when the asset’s price is the lowest. This same thinking could apply to Shiba Inu.
Most of 2020 and 2021 were full of incredible optimism in the investment world. Despite the global pandemic, the S&P500 surged 44% from 2020 to 2021. This even includes a 33% dip in early March. At the same time, we witnessed a frenzy of retail trading in investments like AMC, Dogecoin and GameStop. For a while, it seemed like nearly everyone was making cash hand over fist. Since the end of 2021, most of that has changed.
Today, we are officially in a bear market. The United States is experiencing inflation rates not seen since the 1980s. There is a land war in Europe between Russia and Ukraine. And, the entire global supply chain is still suffering from the effects of COVID-19. The economic outlook is bleaker than it’s been in years. Ironically, this could mean that it’s a good time to buy Shiba Inu.
Trying to predict when Shiba Inu coin will surge is nearly impossible. So, to make money in Shiba Inu you need to establish a position early on before everyone else does. If you wait until the coin has already surged then you’re too late. Right now, almost nobody is talking about buying Shiba Inu because there’s so much risk in the world. Counterintuitively, this could mean that it’s a perfect time to buy. This style of investing is known as contrarian investing.
Final Thoughts: Shiba Inu Coin
At the end of the day, you should associate buying Shiba Inu very closely with gambling. Remember that Shiba Inu has no underlying value or use. Additionally, there is no way to predict when its price will surge. This makes it very similar to putting money on red money at a roulette table. This doesn’t mean that you should never buy it. Just that you should only ever do so with money that you can afford to lose.
If you want to buy Shiba Inu then this could be as good a time as any. Nobody is talking about Shiba and the coin’s price has come nearly all the way down from its last surge. As long as you are patient and won’t need your investment anytime soon then you’ll be in a good position to wait for the next (potential) spike.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this Shiba Inu price prediction. Please remember that I’m not a financial advisor and am just offering my own research and commentary. As usual, please base all investment decisions on your own due diligence.
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