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Why the IVE Group (ASX:IGL) share price is surging 11% today

Shares in the creative comms group are surging in morning trade after a positive performance update. Here are the details.
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The IVE Group Ltd (ASX: IGL) share price is on the rise during morning trade.

This follows the release of the print communications company’s business update and earnings guidance for the 2021 financial year.

At the time of writing, IVE Group shares are swapping hands for $1.38, up 11.29%.

How is IVE Group performing?

According to this morning’s release, IVE Group advised ongoing business momentum is continuing its run into the second-half of 2021.

In particular, the 5-year Australian Community Media contract is expected to be fully transitioned into the business by the end of next month. It’s worth around $20 million per year for IVE Group.

As well, the Spotlight Retail Group has now become a significant letterbox distribution client across Australia and New Zealand.

IVE Group’s customer retention also delivered a robust performance, with healthy contract renewals. The most significant deals of note included L’Oréal and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC). The latter signed on for another 5 years with an estimated contract value of $20 million per annum.

The company revealed its other revenue sectors, such as travel, catalogues, exhibitions and events, are consistent with H1 FY21.

For the end of April, IVE Group declared a cash balance of $95.1 million. This is after the company’s share buyback program ($5.2 million) and interim dividend payout ($10.3 million).

Projected net debt for the upcoming end of this financial year is anticipated to come in at between $90 million and $100 million.

Investors are seemingly upbeat about the company’s performance, sending IVE Group shares significantly higher during Wednesday’s session.

Outlook for FY21

In response to the impacts COVID-19 had on the business, management focused on streamlining its cost base.

As a result, underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) is forecast to be in the range of $98 million to $100 million.

IVE Group share price snapshot

Over the last 12 months, IVE Group shares have lifted by more than 38%. However, year-to-date performance has gone in reverse, with the company’s shares down by around 4% so far in 2021.

Based on today’s share price, IVE Group has a market capitalisation of roughly $200 million, with approximately 144 million shares outstanding.

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