Why the IOOF Holdings Ltd share price has jumped 6% this week

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This week the share price of diversified wealth company IOOF Holdings Ltd (ASX: IFL) has jumped approximately 6%. In contrast, the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has gained about 4%.

One possible explanation for IOOF’s outperformance compared with the index is buying support in response to the company’s Investor Briefing which was held on Wednesday.

Here are four highlights from the presentation:

  1. IOOF is one of the largest independent financial services groups in Australia with $133 billion in funds under management, administration, advice and supervision. These funds are administered across IOOF’s highly regarded platforms and managed within IOOF’s substantial funds management business. The funds are also supervised within IOOF’s corporate trust business.
  2. IOOF also boasts an attractive fully franked dividend. Based on the trailing last final and interim dividends paid of 28 cents per share (cps) and 28.5 cps, the stock is trading on a yield of 6.5%.
  3. IOOF has a long history of successfully growing via acquisition. The group’s recent acquisition, Shadforth, has been stated by management as being 4.1 cps accretive to earnings per share with $13 million in pre-tax cost synergies realised. What’s more the next acquisition might not be too far away with The Australian newspaper reporting that not only was IOOF a contender for financial services business StatePlus, but it was also interested in the independent wrap provider Netwealth.
  4. Investment in technology at IOOF has seen the group move from what it describes as a registry platform to a service oriented offering using web technology. The future of IOOF’s upgraded technology backbone will allow it to scale more easily, change faster and isolate faults more efficiently.

Despite its solid performance over the past week, the IOOF share price is still registering a loss of 16% over the past year. Given the positive business dynamics on display at the recent Investor Day, the stock arguably still could make a good long term portfolio addition.

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