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What Telstra is saying about Spacetalk

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Best smartwatch for kids: why parents choose Spacetalk Adventurer

Source: Telstra

The Spacetalk Adventurer is changing the game for 5 to 12-year-olds and their parents. See how this next-gen smartwatch keeps the lines of communication open and makes family logistics just that bit easier.

 

Help your kids stretch their wings

Is your child taking small steps towards independence? Like walking home from school or heading to the park with friends?

If so, you know the dilemma.

They’re not quite ready for the social and physical complexities of a mobile phone but you need to stay in contact – for your peace of mind and theirs.

This is where the Spacetalk Adventurer bridges the gap. It’s a simplified mobile phone and GPS tracker all rolled into one kid-friendly smartwatch.

The Spacetalk Adventurer is a step-up from the original (and super popular) Spacetalk smartwatch, and it brings a raft of new features to delight parents and kids alike.

Let’s dig deeper to see why more parents are choosing Spacetalk Adventurer to foster independence while staying connected with their kids on the go.

 

Features at a glance

  • 4G call and text capability – Make and receive calls/SMS from approved contacts.
  • Hi-res 5MP camera – Share photos and videos with trusted friends and family.
  • GPS location tracking – Check your child’s current location and location history.
  • Safe zones – Define safe places and get notified when your child arrives or leaves the zone.
  • Parental controls – Approve contacts, set distraction-free School Mode and more. You decide which watch features your child can use.
  • Emergency button – One tap and kids can send a message to designated guardians or authorities.
  • Stopwatch –  Have fun with timing events and measure progress for fitness, sport and training.
  • Weather checker – See current weather or check the forecast for your child’s location.
  • Fitness tracker – Count steps, check heart rate and monitor your child’s activities
  • Dust and water-resistant (IP67) – Protected up to a depth of 1 metre for a duration of up to 30 minutes.

Note: Adventurer requires a Nano SIM card with calls, SMS and data, and a Spacetalk in-app subscription for up to 2 watches $5.99/month or up to 5 watches for $8.99/month.

4G coverage required. Telstra provides 4G coverage to all major cities and regional centres. Check your coverage at telstra.com.au/coverage.

 

Stay in the driver’s seat with parental controls

We all worry about our kid’s safety. Where are they? Who are they talking to? What are they watching and playing?

Without conforming to the helicopter stereotype, we want to protect our kids as much as possible – especially when they’re out and about.

This is where the Spacetalk Adventurer comes into its own.

First off, there is no social media or open internet to deal with. So your kids can stay connected without being exposed to the potential dangers that lurk online.

Secondly, the Spacetalk app gives you control over every feature and setting on your child’s smartwatch – it’s your boundary-setting control centre.

With a few taps, you can authorise your child’s contacts. This means they can text or chat with approved friends and family but are protected from random calls from people outside the trusted circle.

Along with checking your child’s location, you can set up safe zones and get notified when your child enters or leaves the zone.

You can relax knowing that your kids are communicating with people you know and are hanging out in settings you’re comfortable with.

 

Take the stress out of pick-ups and drop-offs

Life is busy – with school, sports training, playdates and all kinds of extracurricular activities to contend with.

While great for fostering your child’s confidence and independence, this flurry of activity can be logistically tricky.

Picture this. You’re rushing to pick your daughter up from basketball practice but the traffic is terrible and you’re running late. Instead of stressing, you call your daughter and reassure her that you’re on the way. You chat to her while she waits for you to arrive.

Or another scenario. Your 11-year-old son and his friend want to ride their bikes to the park. Using the Spacetalk app, you can check your son’s location. And, if you set the park as a safe zone, you’ll be notified when he leaves it.

The Spacetalk Adventurer is a small device that makes a huge difference to busy families – offering peace of mind for you and your kids.

 

Keep the family connected

The Spacetalk Adventurer has a ton of great reviews online.

Lots of happy customers talk about the unexpected benefits of children becoming closer to grandparents and interstate family thanks to the nifty device.

Kids can take a selfie or shoot a video and send it to the loved ones on their approved contact list – sharing the fun times is a great way to keep everyone connected.

In turn, parents and family members can send fun pics, emojis and encouraging texts to bolster confidence and make kids feel safe and secure. It’s a win-win.

 

Build confidence in timid explorers

Some kids are bursting at the seams, ready to take on the world – the Spacetalk Adventurer encourages this enthusiasm but allows parents to set safe boundaries.

Other kids are more cautious. They might get anxious at sleepovers or worry when parents are running late.

The Spacetalk Adventurer is perfect for kids who need that extra reassurance. Knowing they can contact a trusted person when they need to gives them the confidence to tackle new challenges and join in the fun.

Children with disability can also benefit from the level of reassurance and parental guidance that Spacetalk Adventurer provides.

 

Make fitness fun

Keeping kids active is a challenge in these digital times. The Spacetalk Adventurer has a built-in fitness tracker with voice feedback, making it fun to monitor physical activity. Kids can even check their heart rate during sport and training – a great way to learn about heart health.

With a few taps, you can set a step count goal in the Spacetalk app, most kids love the challenge and are keen to beat mum and dad.

The Adventurer also has a stopwatch that kids can use to measure progress (as well as developing counting skills). How long did it take me to walk home from school today, was it faster than yesterday?

 

Develop a sense of responsibility

Feed the fish, make your bed, meet mum at the school gate.

Set reminders in the Spacetalk app so that your child’s watch tells them what they need to do and when. It makes life easier for you and is a great way to develop responsibility in young kids.

Go a step further and encourage positive behaviour by setting up rewards and sending a star whenever your child reaches a goal. Forget the star chart on the fridge, this one is more fun and is easier to update and manage.

Get your kid thinking ahead by checking the weather on their Spacetalk Adventurer – do you need to bring your jacket or maybe a hat?

Encourage concentration at school with School Mode, a distraction-free setting that switches off calling, texting and sharing capabilities and turns the display into a simple watch.

These little nudges can help your kids to develop great habits, without the constant nagging.

 

Kid friendly design

From the scratch-resistant safety gorilla glass to the hypoallergenic silicone band and IP67 water resistance, the Spacetalk Adventurer is built to take the bumps and bruises kids can dish out.

There is a speckled-finish body colour to suit all tastes –  midnight, coral, mist and ocean – and you can switch it up with interchangeable straps. The large bright OLED screen makes it super easy for even young kids to interact with the watch.

The battery in the Adventure is twice the size of the previous model so you can charge overnight and the watch will take your kid through the day and beyond.

Quarterlies Top 5: Sequoia Financial takes the cake this morning

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Source: Stockhead

Financial company Sequoia (ASX:SEQ) was the top ASX stock among those which released their quarterly reports or other financial updates this morning.

ASX companies have to lodge quarterly reports by the last trading day of January, April, July and October.

If they don’t they risk suspension and consequential panic and anger from shareholders.

 

Sequoia (ASX:SEQ)

This company is a diversified financial stock offering capital markets services, wealth management as well as trading platforms.

While it noted the March quarter was positive, what drew investors’ attention may have been its updated guidance.

In February Sequoia estimated $110 million in revenue with earnings of $7 million. It now expects earnings to be between $8.5 million and $9 million and revenues could be as high as $120 million.

This would be a sharp increase from FY20 in which it only made $84.5 million in revenue and $4.82 million in earnings.

Sequoia (ASX:SEQ) share price chart

 

Pointerra (ASX:3DP)

The geospatial analytics and data stock more than doubled its quarterly cash receipts from the last quarter, up to $1.37 million from $0.64 million.

It also reported a cashflow positive quarter of $0.21 million.

Pointerra says the continual recovery from COVID-19 in many of its key clientele sectors is driving demand, particularly in construction and oil.

Shares are over 10 times higher than a year ago, having begun to take off in July last year when tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery made an investment into the company. But shares grew another 16 per cent today.

Pointerra (ASX:3DP) share price chart

 

 

Spacetalk (ASX:SPA)

The smartwatch company reported 110 per cent year on year growth in group revenue and a 72 per cent gain in app Annual Recurring Revenue.

It noted its Compound Annual Growth rate in the latter figure has been 273 per cent going back to the start of FY19.

SpaceTalk also reminded shareholders of its partnerships in the last quarter, most notably with Telstra, and that it won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

Nevertheless, its schools business revenue did drop from $0.9 million to $0.7 million in a move the company put down to a normalisation of SMS volumes after the uptick recorded when COVID-19 first broke out.

Spacetalk (ASX:SPA) share price chart

 

Pureprofile (ASX:PPL)

The data technology company saw an earnings uplift of 150 per cent and revenue spike of 25 per cent.

After recording negative operating cash flow of $1.3 million in the last quarter, Pureprofile turned it around to $794,000 in positive territory.

Its highlight of the quarter was its partnership with Flybuys, in which it will help Flybuys launch a new platform called Pureprofile perks which will enable Flybuys members to earn points by answering surveys.

The company reiterated this will create the largest insights panel in Australia and further drive company growth.

Pureprofile (ASX:PPL) share price chart

 

Bod Australia (ASX:BOD)

Rounding out the list was medicinal cannabis, CBD and hemp stock Bod which reported a 188 per cent increase in invoiced sales compared to the previous quarter.

The company credited the gain from $0.95 million to $2.74 million to the roll-out of its products in the European markets.

It also told shareholders it hopes to progress US market entry and continue to grow sales in Australia and the UK during this quarter.

Bod Australia (ASX:BOD) share price chart

Australian Industry Leaders collaborate on stylish and technically advanced smartphone watch for older people

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SYDNEY, April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/. Source: Yahoo Finance.

Leading kids smartphone watch developer Spacetalk Ltd. (ASX:SPA, www.spacetalkwatch.com) and aged care service provider ACH Group have come together to enhance and broaden access to the revolutionary and affordable Spacetalk LIFE smartphone watch for older Australians.

First launched in June 2020 as an all-in-one smartphone watch with GPS for older Australians, Spacetalk LIFE’s potential to support the journey of ageing – enhancing independence, healthy living, social connectivity, and safety, while providing reassurance and peace of mind to family and friends – has attracted significant interest from aged care and home care providers, NDIS providers and Occupational Therapists.

ACH Group CEO Frank Weits commented: “ACH Group recognised that LIFE could fill a gap in the market. Together with its newly incorporated suggested improvements we believe this high quality, stylish smartphone watch will offer peace of mind to older people.”

Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said: “As a technology innovator, receiving feedback from an industry leader is extremely valuable. We listened, and set about incorporating ACH Group’s suggestions, which included fall detection technology and re-positioning pricing to meet the eligibility requirements for Australians to access Government funding through the Commonwealth Home Support, Home Care and NDIS programs. Our commercial arrangement with ACH Group to sell the device and the accompanying Spacetalk App opens an exciting new B2B2C distribution channel for LIFE and broadens its market reach.”

Fall Detection for LIFE devices is in the final stages of completion, augmented with Artificial Intelligence that uses machine learning to continually improve its high accuracy as more people use the devices. This is ground-breaking new technology and a world-first for devices designed for older people. The Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Fall Detection will be enabled automatically on all LIFE devices via a free over-the-air upgrade on May 31, 2021.

Other LIFE features include SOS alert, GPS locator, 4G phone, water (shower) proof, medication and other reminders, step counter, wearer’s medical history information for emergency responders and a carer-family app to allow easy communication and enhanced interactions at the wearer’s discretion.

Spacetalk LIFE has an existing growing customer base, with NDIS registered provider Mike Snudden of Marmic Meditrak observing: “LIFE has given our NDIS clients a new level of confidence allowing them to “live life” and maintain their independence in the community. LIFE is fully Government funded where it is deemed a reasonable and necessary support need, making it an extremely useful and attractive purchase for both the wearer and carer.”

Unlike other wearable safety devices such as pendant trackers, which can carry a stigma that the wearer requires support, Spacetalk LIFE is a stylish smartphone watch. In fact, Spacetalk has built a global reputation for being a design led Company, combining beautiful industrial design with hardware and software engineering breakthroughs in their elegant built-for-purpose smartphone watches. The Company earlier this month won the coveted international Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s largest global design competitions, for Outstanding Product Design in 2021.

LIFE will retail at a price of $399, approximately 40% less than other lower featured devices currently available, and requires pairing with the Spacetalk App for a $7.99per month fee and a 4G SIM. If eligible, the cost of the device and the first 12 months of the App fee may be supported by Government funding.

In addition to the B2B2C launch with ACH Group, LIFE will continue to sell retail. It is available now through www.spacetalkwatch.com and JB HiFi, which will commence a new marketing campaign promoting LIFE as a wearable safety device eligible for Government funding. Harvey Norman will commence ranging LIFE at its 121 bricks and mortar stores in Australia and on-line from April 26, 2021.

LIFE will be available for purchase through ACH Group from 1 June 2021 when eligible customers may access LIFE using funds through the CHSP, HCP or the NDIS.

ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said: “Spacetalk LIFE is a fantastic example of two industry leaders collaborating to bring new, leading-edge and world-class aged care technology to market. LIFE can increase an older person’s confidence and their safety, whilst supporting independence, health living, and social connections.”

Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with ACH Group, who are a leading and supportive partner with a strong focus on improving the journey of getting older. Spacetalk LIFE makes an important contribution for older people to live life to the fullest, with practical communication features encouraging independence and ensuring safety. LIFE is built-for-purpose without compromising the dignity of older people, with wearers of the sophisticated and elegant LIFE smartphone watch in complete control while providing peace-of-mind for their carers.”

Spacetalk Adventurer wins international Red Dot Design Award

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Spacetalk Ltd. (ASX ticker: SPA,https://www.spacetalkwatch.com/), developer of innovative technologies that keep families safe and connected, has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s largest global design competitions, for Product Design.

Spacetalk has built a global reputation for incorporating best practice data encryption, security and privacy technologies in connected smartwatches purpose-built for kids aged 5-12 and seniors aged 60+, with a professional, user-centred design approach.

With more than 18,000 entries across three main design disciplines, the German Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s largest global design competitions. The Red Dot Award: Product Design, whose origins date back to 1955, appraises the best products created every year for outstanding design quality. The judging criteria include amongst others includes:

  • Degree of innovation
  • Functionality
  • Formal quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability
  • Symbolic and emotional content
  • Product periphery
  • Self-explanatory quality
  • Ecological compatibility

“Spacetalk is a design-led Company and it is an honour to be recognised by Red Dot, the world’s largest and most renowned design competition. This award is validation of our design team’s ambitious goal to design an iconic watch that would stand out from a crowded market and appeal to both kids and parents,” said Spacetalk CEO, Mark Fortunatow.

A key design challenge was to create a non-intrusive device from both a visual and a comfort sense, whilst keeping it robust enough to survive anything kids can throw at it.”

We adopted a holistic design approach right from the start of the project to ensure every aspect of the product was design-led from a product design, digital design, service design and experience design perspective. Receiving the Red Dot Design Award means we got all these elements right and produced a game-changing product that builds on our proud 20-year history of delivering innovative solutions which keep families safe and connected.”

Adventurer was designed and developed from the ground up by a cross-disciplinary design team from Australia and the UK with leading industrial design team, Tangerine Design, directing the product design from their offices in the UK. The device is a huge advancement for the kids connected wearables category, building on what we have learned from the phenomenal success of our original Spacetalk Kids connected smartwatch, and incorporating major industrial design, hardware and software engineering breakthroughs and enhancements into a high-quality device.”

From discovering and pioneering the application of SMS messaging as a powerful new tool for school- to-parent communication to building the Spacetalk connected smartwatches and App ecosystem from the ground-up, our Company is paving the way forward for an exciting future in the wearables market,” concluded Mr. Fortunatow.

Spacetalk Adventurer

Spacetalk Adventurer, launched in December 2020, is the Company’s next generation 4G all-in-one smartphone watch and GPS device for kids aged 5-12. Designed specifically for children, Adventurer is built with a tough kid-proof ruggedness, IP67 water resistance, and customizable comfortable straps. It is technologically advanced with features that deliver confidence for the child, enhanced controls for the parent, and exciting functionalities for a family to stay connected.

In March 2020 Spacetalk announced the expansion of its global partnerships with mobile network operators to include Telstra for the ranging of Adventurer. Telstra Retail and Regional Executive Fiona Hayes commented, “Smartwatches are the fastest growing market for wearables globally and the addition of Spacetalk will strengthen Telstra’s connected smartwatch offering. Spacetalk is a market leader in Australia in connected smartwatches for children and seniors, providing a practical solution for families to stay connected.”

Spacetalk App

The Spacetalk App released with Spacetalk Adventurer provides a family environment for fun, engaging and secure media consumption beyond its device control functionalities for the guardian. Every linked contact – parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends – regardless of whether they are Android or iOS users, can interact with linked Spacetalk devices and each other through the Spacetalk App.

 

This announcement has been authorised by Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow.

For more information, please contact:

Vivek Miranda
Investor Relations and Corporate Development
VMiranda@spacetalkwatch.com
M: +61 401 462 712

Telstra to sell Spacetalk devices

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Source: The Motley Fool

Highlights
  • Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, to sell Spacetalk Adventurer devices in Australia
  • Adventurer to be placed on Telstra’s core wearable device range, and sell across Telstra’s national footprint of branded retail stores and online channels
  • Target launch in April 2021. Exhaustive device testing and certification by Telstra in final stage of completion
  • Available for outright purchase or on a Telstra hardware repayment option
  • Strong endorsement by Telstra of the customer need for Spacetalk devices, our leading market share and continuing strong sales growth

Spacetalk Ltd. (ASX ticker: SPA, https://www.spacetalkwatch.com/), developer of innovative technologies that keep families safe and connected, is pleased to announce that Telstra Corporation Limited (“Telstra”) is to commence selling Spacetalk Adventurer devices across all Telstra retail stores and online channels in Australia, with a target launch in April 2021.

Telstra is Australia’s largest Mobile Network Operator (“MNO”), with a market-leading 19 million retail mobile services, the largest footprint of company branded bricks and mortar retail stores in Australia, and a strong online retail presence. Telstra will range Spacetalk Adventurer across its entire retail store network in Australia and Telstra online channels.

Telstra Retail and Regional Executive Fiona Hayes said: “Smartwatches are the fastest growing market for wearables globally and the addition of Spacetalk will strengthen Telstra’s connected smartwatches offering. Spacetalk is a market leader in Australia in connected smartwatches for children and seniors, providing a practical solution for families to stay connected.”

Spacetalk Adventurer will be placed on Telstra’s core wearables device range post completion of the final stages of exhaustive device testing and certification with Telstra, ensuring Adventurer is optimally configured for Telstra Australia’s network frequency bands.

Spacetalk’s range of all-in-one smartphone GPS watches for children (Spacetalk Kids and Spacetalk Adventurer) and seniors (Spacetalk Life) are purpose built with tailored features, design qualities and best practice data encryption, security and privacy technologies, for families to stay confidently connected. Fun, fashionable, secure and technologically advanced, Spacetalk devices deliver confidence for the child and senior wearer, enhanced controls for the guardian, and engaging functionalities for the whole family to stay connected.

The Spacetalk App is designed to provide a family environment for fun, engaging and secure media consumption beyond its device control functionalities for the guardian. Every linked contact – parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends – regardless of whether they are Android or iOS users, can interact with linked Spacetalk devices and each other through the Spacetalk App.

Go-to-market planned by Spacetalk and Telstra for the launch will include:

  • Joint marketing involving PR, influencer activity, digital marketing and eDM’s
  • Spacetalk being included in the Telstra Champions program, involving approximately 100 self-nominated staff members, trained as experts on Spacetalk who will help to drive product knowledge and sales in retail stores
  • High impact retail digital displays and billboards at Telstra’s icon stores in Sydneyand Melbourne.

Spacetalk Adventurer devices will initially be available for outright purchase or on a Telstra hardware repayment option where Telstra customers with a new or existing Telstra service (mobile plan, ADSL, NBN) can add a Spacetalk device to their Telstra account and pay for the Spacetalk devices on their bill over 12 or 24 months.

Telstra is working with Spacetalk towards building a compelling monthly SIM service plan specifically for Spacetalk devices which will simplify the offering for Spacetalk customers and allow Telstra to add new mobile service subscribers to their network.

Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said: “We are delighted by the ranging of Spacetalk Adventurer with Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. This is a very strong endorsement of the quality of Spacetalk devices, with Adventurer to be placed on Telstra’s core wearable device range. It is also a recognition by Telstra of the growing market and customer need for Spacetalk devices, and our leadership in the category of kids connected smartwatches. Needless to say, we are extremely excited by the enhanced brand recognition and sales growth we expect from extending our customer reach with Australia’s largest MNO.”

Spacetalk was founded in 2001 and listed on the ASX in 2003 as MGM Wireless Limited, which developed the world’s first SMS student absence notification platform for schools and went on to become Australia’s most successful school messaging company. On 12 November 2020 the Company changed its name to Spacetalk Ltd (ASX ticker: SPA).

Spacetalk (ASX:SPA) share price surges 77% on Telstra deal

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Source: Yahoo

The Spacetalk Ltd (ASX: SPA) share price is in the stratosphere today. At the time of writing, shares in the technology company are swapping hands for 19.5 cents each. That’s more than 77% higher than their last closing price of 11 cents before they entered a trading halt earlier this week.

For comparison, the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO) is currently down 0.56%.

The monumental rise comes after investors reacted positively to news of a commercial deal with Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and a $5 million loan facility from PURE Asset Management Pty Ltd.

Let’s take a closer look at what the company announced today.

Spacetalk share price explodes on Telstra deal

The Spacetalk share price on an absolute tear today. In a statement to the ASX, Spacetalk declared Telstra had agreed to sell its Adventurer devices in all retail stores, and online, by April 2021.

The device will be placed in Telstra’s core wearables range after it is configured for the Telstra network.

According to Spacetalk, Telstra plans to aggressively market the devices. It intends to use influencer channels, digital advertising, in-person pitching, and billboard placement within stores.

Telstra will sell the technology outright or through payment plans. It also plans to roll out an Adventurer-specific SIM service plan in the near future.

Speaking on the news, Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said:

We are delighted by the ranging of Spacetalk Adventurer with Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company.

This is a very strong endorsement of the quality of Spacetalk devices, with Adventurer to be placed on Telstra’s core wearable device range. It is also a recognition by Telstra of the growing market and customer need for Spacetalk devices, and our leadership in the category of kids connected smartwatches. Needless to say, we are extremely excited by the enhanced brand recognition and sales growth we expect from extending our customer reach with Australia’s largest MNO [mobile network operator].

Telstra retail and regional executive Fiona Hayes also said:

Smartwatches are the fastest growing market for wearables globally and the addition of Spacetalk will strengthen Telstra’s connected smartwatches offering. Spacetalk is a market leader in Australia in connected smartwatches for children and seniors, providing a practical solution for families to stay connected.

The loan facility

In a second announcement, Spacetalk also told the market it has secured a $5 million loan from PURE Asset Management. The credit will be available for immediate use.

The loan is split into two components:

  1. A $3 million term loan facility at 9.5% interest with an option obligating Spacetalk to issue 11 million shares to PURE at a value of 30 cents each.
  2. A $2 million bridging facility at 12.5% interest.

The term loan will span four years while the bridging facility will last two years. The company will use the credit to purchase inventory, invest in its brand, and for a range of other purposes.

Spacetalk and Telstra share price snapshots

Over the last 12-months, the Spacetalk share price has increased by around 117%. Most of these gains, however, occurred today. One year ago, the company’s share price was 9 cents. On Tuesday this week, it closed at 11 cents.

The Telstra share price is currently up a much more modest 0.47% today. At the time of writing, shares in the telecom giant were selling for $3.205. Compared to this time last year, Telstra shares have remained relatively flat – losing around 2% of their value. The Telstra share price has, however, gained around 19% since reaching its 52-week low in October last year.

Spacetalk and Telstra have current market capitalisations of $30.6 million and $37.8 billion respectively.

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Spacetalk taking on Apple, Fitbit with smartwatch for children

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Source: News.com.au

The only Australian business exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show has a plan to beat the world’s most valuable company at its own game.

An Australian company is taking on the world’s most valuable brand at its own game – but its CEO reckons they have something the tech giants don’t: A head start.

“We’re seeing the emergence of a brand new category — connected kids mobile watches — that didn’t exist before and it’s really taking off in a big way,” Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow told news.com.au during the Consumer Electronics Show 2021.

Spacetalk is the only Australian company exhibiting at the all-digital CES.

Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow with the Spacetalk watches. Picture: Benjamin Liew

Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow with the Spacetalk watches. Picture: Benjamin LiewSource:Supplied

“The market has been looking for a device, and we’ve got it.”

The whereabouts of a child wearing a Spacetalk watch can be tracked by parents via their mobile phone. Erz Imam can know exactly where his son Mavi is at any time using his smart phone. Picture: David Caird

The whereabouts of a child wearing a Spacetalk watch can be tracked by parents via their mobile phone. Erz Imam can know exactly where his son Mavi is at any time using his smart phone. Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia

Mr Fortunatow said the feedback from local retailers has been stellar as well and those retailers are now deciding how much they want to commit to the new category, as are manufacturers.

Apple, Garmin, Fitbit and others all need to decide to what level will they be involved in this market,” Mr Fortunatow said.

Apple recently announced Family Setup, which will allow you to set up an Apple Watch to work without an iPhone, giving an option for parents who want a way to keep in touch with their children (or their own parents) without buying them a smartphone.

“Apple are repurposing a device made for adults for kids. They’re an accessory to when you have a phone and definitely not a stand-alone mobile phone device,” he said.

Mr Fortunatow described Apple’s strategy as trying to build a “moat” around its customers with families so they don’t “drift to companies like ours”.

Other companies were facing “a tremendous re-engineering and R & D process to get to market with a device”.

“To build an all-in-one smartphone, watch and GPS device is really hard,” Mr Fortunatow said.

“It looks like a crowded device space but when you filter it down it’s not that crowded at all … there are very few devices that really deliver on what they promise.”

He said competitors in the children’s smartwatch space were primarily coming from the same one or two factories and being brought into the country by importers who slap a brand on them.

“The reception is generally poor too because they’re built for international markets and in Australia we have got a very unique band system for 3G and 4G, those devices only work with some providers and not others and the reception is patchy … We’re not seeing a lot of competition at all.”

Spacetalk is onto its third watch device, but its CEO thinks it’s not the company’s biggest selling point.

Spacetalk is onto its third watch device, but its CEO thinks it’s not the company’s biggest selling point.Source:Supplied

While Mr Fortunatow doesn’t see much competition for Spacetalk in the device space, that’s also not where he sees the company’s main value for customers.

“The main product we sell is actually the app, that’s what provides the greatest value to all family members by keeping them connected, safe, and providing information they need.”

Spacetalk has already been through the research and development processes other companies will need to undertake to compete, and those companies are facing what could be a long period of trial and error.

Mr Fortunatow even admitted he wasn’t immediately happy with the reception quality on the company’s first device.

He said it was annoying enough when you couldn’t get in contact with someone.

“When it’s your child on the other end? You feel their safety may be at risk and you can’t contact them? It’s incredibly frustrating,” he said.

“These devices are ultimately safety devices for kids, they always have to work.”

Tim Boreham’s 21 stocks that are primed to run in 2021

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Source: Stockhead.com.au

Tim Boreham is one of Australia’s best-known small-cap share analysts and business journalists. He has more than 30 years of experience writing for major business publications. He is known for the highly-respected Criterion investment column which ran for many years in The Australian newspaper. And, of course, Dr Boreham’s Crucible

After a year of more corporate and market pivots and pirouettes than a pre-lockdown Bolshoi ballet training class, many investors will be wondering where to find value in a remarkably resilient market.

At the time of writing, the local bourse looked like ending steady for the year despite the earnings hit across so many key sector including banking, tourism and transport.

Rock bottom interest rates may well be enough to prop up the market, but the expert consensus – if there is such a thing – is that it’s hard to see equities surging much more from here.

What’s more, pandemic ‘hero’ stocks such as online retailers might struggle as their sales numbers are compared against their bloated lockdown figures.

As always, there are hidden gems on offer among the small to mid caps for investors willing to dig a little bit deeper.

For those who prefer to flop back and watch the cricket, we have done the work for them.

Courtesy of a motley array of brokers, advisers, soothsayers and corporate hangers-on, here are 21 stocks that look primed to pop in 2021. Well, 11 – the other 10 will be published tomorrow, as we know holiday season attention spans are somewhat shorter.

 

RareX (ASX: REE) – market cap $47 million

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is now worth more than $US600 billion ($810bn), prompting renewed buying support for the battery materials stocks.

The argument goes that if Tesla is worth that much, the EV and energy storage revolution must be real – and hence a voracious need for lithium and graphite despite price weakness across these commodities.

Rare earths are also required in not just EV motors, but wind turbines. That’s why leading rare earths stock Lynas Corp has performed strongly.

For those who prefer getting on at the basement, junior RareX has a known resource in the Kimberley region of WA and is doing something that hasn’t been done for years – exploring for new deposits.

Trade fears around the China supply chain have emerged in recent times, adding a strategic leg to the rare earths demand story.

 

Neometals (ASX: NMT) – $125 million

While lithium-ion batteries are at the forefront of the EV push, eventually they expire and need to be disposed of. And despite the green-friendly reputation of renewable, these batteries contain hazardous materials.

The lithium hard rock miner divined the winds of changed and turned to both energy storage and eco-friendly materials recovery.

Neometals’ proposed European plants will recover graphite lithium, cobalt and nickel from recycling batteries, as well as vanadium from slag stockpiled at steel mills in Sweden and Finland.

What distinguished Neometals from so many other tech hopefuls is its robust cash balance of $77 million.

 

Hazer Group (ASX: HZR) – $100 million

Despite the zeal for hydrogen’s role as a form of stored energy, the Perth based Hazer is the only pure-play hydrogen stock on the ASX. Hazer is commercialising its eponymous process that uses iron ore as a catalyst to produce hydrogen and useful graphite – rather than CO2 – from methane.

The most common existing process involved superheating natural gas, but this releases enormous amounts of CO2.

Hazer is building a $15.8 million demonstration plant at Perth’s Woodman Point wastewater treatment plant.

 

Vanguard Ethically Conscious Australian Shares ETF (ASX: VETH)

Renewables aside, ‘woke’ investors increasingly are seeking to expunge companies with poor environmental, social and governance standards from their portfolios.

But it’s also a problematic field given the various definitions of what practices are acceptable. For example, is BHP knocked out because it mines a bit (ok, a lot) of uranium on the side?

To make things easier, the recently launched Vanguard Ethically Conscious Australian Shares ETF has diversified exposure across about 240 ASX-listed stocks, but filters out those involved in areas such as fossil fuels, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons, nuclear power and adult entertainment.

That about covers the A to Z of vices.

 

Antipa Minerals (ASX: AZY) – $110 million

For fans of ‘nearology’, explorer Antipa has been focused on WA’s remote Paterson gold and copper province, which has become a hotspot thanks to Rio Tinto’s Winu discovery and the Havieron find by the Newcrest/Greatland joint venture.

Antipa’s first-mover advantage meant it secured highly prospective ground before anyone else.

Antipa has farm-in agreements with Rio, Newcrest and IGO Limited, who have agreed to spend $20 million over the next two years.

The farm-in conditions mean Antipa’s exposure reduces the more money the joint partners spend. But there is nothing wrong with a junior owning 30 per cent of the next big discovery.

 

Dart Mining (ASX: DTM) – $17 million

This one’s an early-stage entry into the go-go Victorian gold sector, without the (arguably) frothy valuations of the later stage plays.

After a recent $5 million fund raising, Dart is drilling across several tenements. Its main focus to date, Buckland is suspected to be the source of alluvial gold taken from Buckland and Ovens rivers.

Further north east, Dart is probing the idea that gold extends undercover on the extension of the Lachlan Fold, which hosts the Newcrest Mining’s Cadia gold-copper mine near Orange.

 

Alderan Resources (ASX: AL8) – $26 million

There is hope yet for shareholders in US copper/gold explorer which peaked at $2 a share in 2017, on hype around its Utah exploration effort.

Now trading at less than 10c a share, Alderan is developing a following on the back of its Frisco copper/gold project – in partnership with no less than Rio Tinto’s copper arm Kennecott.

After getting some nice hits in the first holes for the joint venture at Frisco, Kennecott expanded the planned scope of the 2021 drilling program. It’s one to watch.

 

Motorcycle Holdings (ASX: MOT) – $150 million

Bikers might have been locked down during the pandemic but they were still eyeing the lure of the open road.

The country’s biggest motorbike dealership, Motorcycle Holdings recorded June half sales increase of 35 per cent, led by off-road and all-terrain vehicles.

Broker Moelis factors in an underlying net profit of $18.7 million for the year to June 2021, 20 per cent higher than previously.

The stock yields 5 per cent.

 

Beam Communications (ASX: BCC) – $24 million

The only ASX-listed developer of mobile satellite equipment, Beam sells its off-the-grid communications devices through retailers such as Kogan, Catch and Anaconda and also owns the SatPhone shops chain.

Despite the pandemic, the company posted a $3 million of underlying earnings in the 2019-20 year, up 43 per cent.

In October, Beam raised $5 million in an oversubscribed placement.

Beam looks a likely winner of the post-lockdown era as adventurers avail of their newly-restored freedom to roam.

 

Spacetalk (ASX: SPA) – $20 million

Formerly known as MWR Communications, Spacetalk last month changed its moniker to reflect its lead wearable devices that keep primary school kids safe through GPS tracking and a call function to trusted parties only.

Think of the watches as a ‘gateway device’ to the real thing when they hit their teens.

Spacetalk is now targeting the over 65s audience with a more expensive variant to allow monitoring of vulnerable relatives.

Spacetalk’s stagnant share price over the last year does not reflect its stellar progress.

 

Jayride (ASX: JAY) – $12 million

As a facilitator of transport to and from airports, Jayride was in the eye of the virus storm and its share price suffered accordingly (down 70 per cent for the year).

But revenue improved in October – up 27 per cent – and the company has replenished its coffers with a $2.5 million capital raising.

Jayride’s platform allows users to compare 3700 services to 1600 airports in 110 countries. Jayride, naturally, clips the ticket on each ride.

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