The Moelis (ASX:MOE) share price is up today. Here’s why

The Moelis (ASX: MOE) share price is on the rise today, up almost 3% in early afternoon trade. We take a look at the company’s results.
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The Moelis Australia Ltd (ASX: MOE) share price shot up 6.7% to $4.80 in strong trading this morning. This comes after the financial services company released its results for the full 2020 financial year.

The Moelis share price has retreated somewhat this afternoon and is trading at $4.70 at the time of writing, up 2.84%. Let’s take a look.

What did Moelis Australia report?

In today’s ASX release, Moelis Australia announced a 4.7% decrease in its underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to $60.5 million.

The company incurred a 5% increase in expenses, including $3 million in one-off costs due to the impacts of COVID-19, and investment in platform capabilities.

Assets under management (AUM) grew by 11% to $5.4 billion, supporting asset management revenue growth of 10%.

Underlying revenue of $161.1 million represented an increase of 1.1% over the 2019 financial year. Underlying earnings per share (EPS) were 25.1 cents, down 5.3% from the 26.5 cents reported in the previous year.

The company reported it had $112 million in operating cash and $200 million in investment assets available.

Moelis will pay a dividend of 10 cents per share (cps), fully franked. That’s the same dividend it paid in 2019.

Commenting on the results, Moelis’ joint CEOs Julian Biggins and Chris Wyke said:

The operating performance of the business strengthened appreciably as the year progressed and this momentum has been carried into a strong start to 2021.

Going forward, our strategy remains unchanged as we continue to look to scale our investment strategies, expand our distribution channels and leverage our specialised capabilities in corporate advisory and equities.

The company said it was in a strong position heading into 2021. It forecasts a 10-20% increase in underlying EPS from the 2020 financial year.

Moelis share price snapshot

After getting hammered during the wider COVID-fuelled market panic last year – falling 79% from 21 February to 25 March –the Moelis share price has recovered strongly, up 277% from the March low.

Over the past 12 months, its shares are still down 18%. Year-to-date the Moelis share price is up 3%. That’s right in line with the gains on the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO).

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Motley Fool contributor Bernd Struben has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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