Many cryptocurrencies skyrocketed to all-time highs in 2021, pushed by social media buzz, stimulus checks, and a retail rush towards speculative investments. However rising rates of interest popped that bubble final 12 months, and most cryptocurrencies are nonetheless buying and selling far under their peaks.

The crypto market appears to have stabilized within the first half of 2023, however it nonetheless faces an unsure future as regulators crack down on the main exchanges. So as a substitute of chasing cryptocurrencies once more for progress, I consider buyers can buy these three promising tech shares — Adyen (ADYE.Y 2.04%), Li Auto (LI 3.38%), and UiPath (PATH 3.63%).

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1. The digital funds play: Adyen

Adyen is a Dutch fintech firm that works behind the scenes to course of funds, gather buyer knowledge, and monitor enterprise developments. By integrating Adyen’s backend software program into their very own on-line and in-store fee platforms, retailers can settle for greater than 250 fee strategies — together with numerous bank cards, debit playing cards, cellular wallets, and fee apps.

Not like PayPal and different digital fee corporations, Adyen would not present a consumer-facing app or supply peer-to-peer fee companies. As an alternative, it merely lets companies customise their very own fee and data-gathering strategies with out locking them right into a walled backyard. That is most likely why eBay deserted its longtime associate PayPal in 2018 and switched to Adyen over the next 5 years.

That flexibility makes Adyen a promising long-term play on the enlargement of the worldwide digital funds market, which Grand View Analysis expects to develop at a compound annual progress price (CAGR) of 21% from 2023 to 2030.

Adyen’s income already grew at a whopping CAGR of 40% between 2018 and 2022, and analysts anticipate its income line to proceed climbing at a CAGR of 29% from 2022 to 2025.

Adyen’s inventory is not low cost, at 25 occasions this 12 months’s gross sales, however I consider it nonetheless has loads of room to develop as extra companies search fast methods to improve their fee techniques to simply accept a variety of fee choices. It must also proceed to chip away at corporations like PayPal with its decentralized method to processing funds.

2. The EV play: Li Auto

Li Auto is a Chinese language producer of plug-in hybrid electrical automobiles (PHEVs). It at present sells three major automobiles: the LV household sized SUV, and the L8 and L9 crossover SUVs.

Li stands out within the crowded Chinese language EV market as a result of it is ramping up its manufacturing a lot sooner than lots of its friends. The corporate’s deliveries soared 177% in 2021 and rose 47% to 133,246 automobiles in 2022. Within the first quarter of 2023, its deliveries grew one other 66% 12 months over 12 months — even because the broader market confronted provide chain challenges.

By comparability, Li’s intently watched rival, Nio (NIO 0.28%), grew its deliveries by 109% in 2021, however that determine solely rose 34% to 122,486 in 2022 and grew a mere 20% 12 months over 12 months within the first quarter of 2023. Nio additionally ended the primary quarter with a slim automobile margin of 5.1%, whereas Li maintained a a lot more healthy automobile margin of 19.8% — whilst an ongoing worth warfare pressured most of China’s EV makers to slash their costs.

Analysts anticipate Li’s income to develop at a whopping CAGR of 65% from 2022 to 2025. But Li’s inventory nonetheless trades at simply 2 occasions this 12 months’s gross sales — presumably as a result of the murky macro surroundings and tensions between the U.S. and China are squeezing its valuations. But when these headwinds dissipate, Li may simply recuperate and outperform lots of its EV friends.

3. The automation and AI play: UiPath

UiPath develops robotic course of automation (RPA) instruments that may be built-in into a corporation’s present software program functions. As soon as activated, they’ll automate repetitive duties like coming into knowledge, processing invoices, sending out mass emails, and onboarding new prospects.

Through the use of UiPath’s instruments, corporations can change human staff, streamline their operations, and enhance their total effectivity.

UiPath’s annual income grew at a CAGR of 47% between fiscal 2020 and monetary 2023 (which resulted in January 2023), however it suffered a slowdown over the previous 12 months because the macro headwinds pressured many corporations to rein of their software program spending.

But regardless of these challenges, analysts nonetheless anticipate its income to rise at a CAGR of 19% from fiscal 2023 by way of fiscal 2026 because the market retains rising. The worldwide RPA market may additionally nonetheless increase at a CAGR of 30% between 2023 and 2030, in response to Consegic Enterprise Intelligence, so UiPath most likely is not near saturating its whole addressable market but.

The rise of generative AI platforms corresponding to ChatGPT may appear to be a disruptive menace to the RPA market, however UiPath insists it could actually revenue from that paradigm shift by upgrading its personal software program robots with generative AI instruments. It is too early to inform if that wager will repay, however it may flip UiPath from an automation play into an AI play if it performs its playing cards proper. 

UiPath is not worthwhile but, however its inventory is not costly, at 6 occasions this 12 months’s gross sales. The corporate’s shares may stay risky for now, however its low enterprise worth of $8 billion suggests UiPath may turn into a possible multibagger or takeover goal sooner or later.

Leo Solar has positions in Adyen. The Motley Idiot has positions in and recommends Adyen, Nio, PayPal, and UiPath. The Motley Idiot recommends eBay and recommends the next choices: quick July 2023 $47.50 calls on eBay and quick September 2023 $67.50 places on PayPal. The Motley Idiot has a disclosure coverage.