- Fintech stocks have grabbed the spotlight due to a rise in consumption of digital technology amid COVID-19.
- Praemium entered into a bid implementation agreement with Powerwrap where former will make an off-market conditional takeover bid for all Powerwrap shares that it does not hold.
- Powerwrap’s acquisition (combined) is valued at an indicative price of 26.44 cents per share or $55.6 million (all PWL’s issued share capital).
- Netwealth recorded highest net fund flows for 8 consecutive quarters, with funds under administration at $31.5 billion and net inflows of $9.1 billion for FY20.
There are more than 800 fintech entities established in Australia, and the country has one of the most thrilling and vibrant fintech industries worldwide. Fintech industry has revolutionised banking and financial services sector with a digital approach and created innovative ways of interaction with consumers, which is being widely appreciated by millennials.
COVID-19 outbreak has put many fintech companies under stress due to difficulties in funding and dwindling economic environment. However, coronavirus led to a shift in payment habits of people, who have now switched to digital method to avoid human touch that takes place through currency exchange. Hence, fintech stocks have been surging in 2020.
Let’s have a look at 2 fintech stocks that have been turning the corner and witnessing a surge in their respective share prices.
Praemium bids for Powerwrap
Praemium Limited (ASX:PPS) shares have given a positive return of 80%, from hitting a low price of $0.205 on 23 March to close at $0.37 on 8 July. On 9 July, PPS zoomed up by 22.973% from its last close to $0.455.
As per its recent update, PPS entered into a bid implementation agreement with Powerwrap Limited (ASX:PWL) dated 9 July 2020, under which it has been projected that Praemium would make an off-market conditional takeover bid for all shares of PWL that it does not hold at current times. The offer was delivered at 26.44 cents/Powerwrap share valuing the company at $55.6 million. Each holder of Powerwrap shares would get 7.5 cents/PWL share in cash and 1 PPS share for every 2 PPS shares held.
PWL Board of directors unanimously recommends its stakeholders to accept the Praemium offer. They also suggested on doing the same with PWL shares owned by them due to the dearth of superior proposal. The Board also stated other convincing rationales for PWL stakeholders to accept the offer, some of its pointers are as follows:
- The Indicative Price signified a very attractive premium of 51.1% to the last closing price of PWL Shares preceding to the date of this notification
- Occasion to take part in the advantages of a merged group, which would be one of Australia’s largest independent specialist platform providers on combined funds under administration (FUA) basis of above $27 billion
- The expected drop in the operational, financial and competition perils that are correlated with maintaining to hold PWL Shares on a standalone basis
- Participation in the anticipated advantage from the understanding of possibly considerable synergies, with full-year EBITDA operating cost synergies expected to be at $6 million by FY22.
Barry Lewin, PPS Chairman, stated that merger would complement the improved scale and substantial synergies and give an opportunity to PWL stakeholders to access PPS solid financial position and advanced technology.
Anthony Wamsteker, Chairman, PWL, stated that the offer gave an incredible chance to PWL stakeholders to take part in the positive aspect of a merged group, which will gain from substantial possible synergies. The solid consumer base of PWL and reputation of profitability, as well as advanced technology of PPS, are the benefits for Powerwrap stakeholders that are quite apparent.
PPS is Powerwrap’s largest shareholder with current relevant stake of 15.1% of the PWL Shares on issue. Hence, it believes that the possibility of a competing proposal emerging from Powerwrap shares is low. PPS aims to fund the cash part of the Offer Consideration via a $15 million term loan facility, which it lately joined in.
The merged business would offer the platform of choice to numerous Australian advisory companies, building a solid contender in high-net worth (HNW) division and wider investment platform market.
Netwealth reports record net inflows
Netwealth Group Limited (ASX:NWL) shares have given a positive return of 65%, from hitting a low price of $5.62 on 23 March to close at $9.28 on 8 July. On 9 July, NWL last traded at $10.13, rising up by 9.159% compared to its last close.
On 9 July, NWL released its quarterly business update for June 2020, reflecting that the Group had funds under administration (FUA) of $31.5 billion, as on 30 June 2020, up by 35% and a rise of $8.2 billion for FY20. This record growth in FUA was driven by record net inflows post negative market movement of $0.9 billion from its funds for this year.
Other statistics include of the followings:
- Record FUA net inflows of $9.1 billion for FY20 and $1.5 billion for the June quarter
- For June quarter, FUA surged 13% rising to $3.6 billion with FUA net inflows of $1.5 billion and positive market movement of $2.1 billion
- Netwealth added up an external responsible entity option to its managed account, which encouraged differentiated value propositions in the market
FUA net inflows slowed down during March due to COVID-19 disruption, but Netwealth witnessed gradual improvement in net inflow momentum with June monthly net inflows coming back to the same levels as the preceding year. The latest Strategic Insights platform market update for March 2020 showed that Netwealth noted the biggest quarterly FUA net inflows standing at $3.2 billion, more than twice of its closest competitor.
Other highlights show that:
- NWL recorded highest net fund flows for 8th quarter, consecutively
- The Company has fastest growing platform in absolute terms and relative to its size
- It is the 7th biggest platform provider with a market share of 3.6%, rising up by 1.1% for the year
On the outlook front, Netwealth anticipates FY20 revenue to be between $116-$120 million and underlying EBIDTA to stand amid $58-$62 million, slightly exceeding the previous guidance. The current pipeline of NWL’s new business remains to be positive, and new platform pricing persists to flow via the back book with modified pricing being effective on all accounts by 31 December this year.
The Group also plans to keep on boosting investment all through FY21 to maintain its leadership in technology, service, and functionality to take advantage of substantial long-term growth opportunities. However, the outlook of the company remains ambiguous, as a consequence of COVID-19 crisis, which has made projections about the upcoming period difficult.