Top Picks 2018: GDS Holdings (GDS)

01/22/2018 5:00 am EST

Focus: GLOBAL

Paul Goodwin

Emerging Markets Specialist and Analyst, Cabot Wealth Network

My aggressive pick for 2018 is GDS Holdings (GDS), a Chinese operator of carrier neutral data centers, explains international investing expert Paul Goodwin, editor of Cabot Emerging Markets Investor.

GDS has been building data centers and courting big clients since 2009, and it now has nearly 78,000 square meters of data center space in usage (that’s apparently how the industry discusses size/capacity), which is up 59% from a year ago.

GDS has over 400 customers for its services, including Alibaba and Tencent Holdings, two of the biggest online companies in China. And the company is adding both capacity and customers at a rapid clip.

GDS Holdings is an aggressive pick for a couple of reasons. First, it isn’t profitable yet. The company is plowing its cash flow into increasing capacity, not profits. Second, GDS is a fairly young stock, having come public in November 2016.

The stock fell from its $11 post-IPO peak to $7 in June 2017, then hit the blastoff button. GDS ran to $21 in the middle of November and has traded under resistance at that level ever since. I think the potential here is enormous.

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