The Afterpay share price rose by 4.5% today


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Buy now, pay later leader Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) saw its share price rise by 4.5% today, making it the top performer within the ASX 200 (ASX: XJO).

Afterpay didn’t actually announce any news today, however its main competitor in Australia – Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P) – did give a trading update.

Zip announced its quarterly numbers to December 2019. Compared to the first quarter of FY20, it achieved quarterly revenue growth of 24% to $38.5 million. Receivables rose by 33% to $1.04 billion over the three months.

Zip said that it achieved record quarterly transaction volume of $562.6 million, which was up 40% on the first quarter and it’s up 85% year on year. Zip’s customer numbers increased by 24% to 1.8 million over the quarter and Zip’s merchant numbers grew by 17% to 20,875 over the quarter.

Whilst Zip is a different business to Afterpay, the two have been on similar growth trajectories so it’s quite easy to assume that Afterpay is going reveal impressive growth for the December 2019 quarter too. When you take Afterpay’s impressive November growth numbers and look at the December quarter growth revealed by Zip and the ABS’ stats, things are looking good in the near-term for Afterpay.

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Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO and ZIPCOLTD FPO. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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