You might be surprised to learn that MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) -- one of the world's foremost e-commerce and digital payments platforms -- paid a dividend, but suspended the payout to focus on growth. In the Dividend Stock Hour that aired on Fool Live on Oct. 29, Fool.com contributor Danny Vena explains this counterintuitive concept. Danny Vena: I'm going to go with one here that may surprise people.
Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Mercado Libre, Inc. (NASDAQ: MELI), headquartered in Argentina and Brazil, has selected AWS as its primary cloud provider to further transform the company into a data-driven organization, improve user experiences, accelerate the launch of new services, and support its regional expansion. Mercado Libre is the largest online commerce and payments provider in Latin America and connects businesses across 18 countries with more than 76 million active users. Mercado Libre builds on the scalability, security, and proven performance of the world’s leading cloud, as well as AWS’s unparalleled portfolio of services, to drive e-commerce and support the rapid growth of its Mercado Pago digital payment platform and Mercado Crédito credit line. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercado Libre leveraged AWS to extend its services to more small and medium businesses in Latin America, giving them access to online payments and contactless store payment technology.
All three of these companies are priced with the expectation of lots of future growth, but investors shouldn't write them off as too expensive.