The Sequoia share price has increased by almost 5% today after the company announced strong FY20 results and an ambitious FY21 target at its AGM.
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The Sequoia Financial Group Ltd (ASX: SEQ) share price has jumped almost 5% in today’s trading following the financial services company’s annual general meeting (AGM). Sequoia shares are currently trading at 44 cents, up 4.76%.
What did Sequoia report today?
Sequoia is a financial services company offering financial planning, stock broking, and accounting to both retail and wholesale clients. The company reported that it more than tripled its earnings in FY20.
It says that despite enormous changes in the industry post-Hayne Report (which resulted in large institutions abandoning the financial planning industry altogether), it remains bullish and has plans to add 600 advisers to its roster.
Sequoia also reported that it expects to see revenue increase to above $100 million in FY21, operating profit to increase by 25% to $6 million, and that it is working towards increasing the dividend payout ratio from 25% to 65% over the next 4 years. The company says it is currently tracking ahead of this budget.
In today’s AGM announcement, Sequoia chief executive Garry Crole indicated he believes there will continue to be new entrants into the financial planning sector, however he thinks that a full recovery will not occur before 2024.
Major financial highlights
Sequoia announced the following metrics for FY20:
- revenue in FY20 of $84.5 million, an increase of almost 2% over 2019 results.
- earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of $4.8 million, a significant increase of 336%
- net profit after tax (NPAT) of $1.9 million, compared to a loss of $1 million in 2019
- a dividend of 40 cents, or 25% of NPAT. The company did not pay a dividend in 2019.
How has the Sequoia share price performed in 2020?
The Sequoia share price has had a tremendous year in 2020, almost doubling in value on the back of strong results. Its current share price of 44 cents gives it a market cap of $54 million.
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