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2 Stocks Under $75 That Are Screaming Buys Right Now

By Jamie Louko – Dec 6, 2021 at 6:38AM

Key Points

  • While the market at large is down less than 5%, some high-growth companies have been crushed in the past week.
  • Lemonade has been hit hard in 2021, but its AI-powered insurance business could prove its worth in 2022.
  • eXp’s high growth is trading at a dirt-cheap valuation.

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With a volatile market punishing many stocks, these two companies are great investment opportunities right now.

While the SPDR S&P 500 ETF is only 3.5% off its all-time high, some stocks have been crushed over the past week. Shares of Lemonade (LMND -1.70%) dropped 17% last week, totaling a 61% fall year to date. The past quarter for eXp World Holdings (EXPI 2.40%) -- despite putting up near triple-digit revenue growth -- has been rough, with shares dropping more than 30%. 

Just because these stocks are currently out of favor with investors doesn't mean they are low-quality companies. In fact, I think that investors should take the opportunity to buy these stocks on the dip. Lemonade and eXp are being hit hard, but these strong businesses have bright futures ahead of them. 

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Lemonade: Bringing AI to the spotlight

Lemonade showed nothing but strength in its most recent quarterly report as the AI-based insurance company continued the rapid expansion of its product offerings. When Lemonade came public in July 2020, it got lots of interest from investors because of its dependency on artificial intelligence (AI) -- which could approve applicants and claims in minutes. However, the hype around its AI started to fade in early 2021 as the IPO hype wore off, and shares have been sinking since. 

The company has been rapidly expanding its offering by launching car and life insurance in 2021. Its car insurance launch is being facilitated by the acquisition of Metromile, which it announced in its third quarter. Lemonade is buying Metromile for $200 million, net of cash, in an all-stock deal. Lemonade will also receive the immense dataset that Metromile has complied over its seven-year operating history. Metromile has insurance licenses in 49 states and data on over 400 million road trips and billions of miles driven. 

All of this data could make Lemonade's AI more efficient for approving car insurance applicants and claims. As it launches new products, Lemonade has seen increases in it its net loss ratio -- the ratio of how much of its premium it has to pay out in claims. The company's long-term goal is to have its loss ratio below 75%, but it has been higher in 2021 because it can give its AI systems time to learn and make effective decisions in new markets. This massive influx of data from Metromile, however, could give its car insurance a head start and make more effective decisions from the get-go instead of learning as it matures. 

The company's loss ratio in Q3 was 77%, above the 75% goal Lemonade has for itself. This has primarily been because its AI is still learning how to manage and optimize its new products. This has resulted in a net loss of $66 million for the quarter, which was 186% of revenue. While this net loss is not pretty, the company expects that as its AI matures in its new offerings and its loss ratio declines, net losses will become a smaller percentage of revenue. The acquisition of Metromile helps this with the large influx of data so that Lemonade's AI doesn't have to start from scratch with its car insurance. 

Lemonade has over 1.3 million customers and it was one of the fastest insurance companies to reach its first million customers. The speed and rapid growth of its business will obviously come with hiccups and temporary inefficiencies, but as the company continues to scale, these bumps will likely smooth out. Lemonade's valuation has been cut by over 75% from its high to land at 27 times trailing sales, leaving a great opportunity for investors to buy this company at a major discount from earlier this year. If you liked Lemonade at the beginning of this year, you might want to consider doubling down on the stock. 

eXp: A unique real estate player

Shares of eXp are down more than 30% over the past three months. During that time, the company posted amazing revenue growth of 97% year over year to $1.1 billion and net income growth of 60% to almost $24 million. eXp is a traditional real estate company that has a unique edge: Its services are completely online. With no in-person offices, eXp has room to expand into nearly any market it wishes, and this ability has been exercised and is the reason for its massive revenue expansion. 

eXp's eyes are set on international markets, expanding into Panama and Germany in Q3. Currently, eXp operates in 16 countries, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico, and this expansion is being helped by its agent incentives. Agents can receive thousands of dollars in stock in their first year, and their commission per deal is higher than most competitors. 

Thanks to its ability to attract the best agents and expand anywhere in the world, the company has become wildly successful, and unless the incentives change, this trend will likely continue. eXp is trading at less than 2 times sales, falling from the 6 times sales it was valued at earlier this year despite continued businesses execution. 

eXp is a profitable, fast-growing company with two key competitive advantages, yet it trades at rock-bottom multiples. I see eXp as a steal right now at a 58% discount off its all-time high. If the market continues to sell off high-quality growth stocks and eXp continues to get hammered, I will likely add to this impressive company. 

Jamie Louko owns shares of Lemonade, Inc. and eXp World Holdings. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Lemonade, Inc. and eXp World Holdings. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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