Here’s why the QuickFee (ASX:QFE) share price is zooming 28% higher

The QuickFee Ltd (ASX: QFE) share price has rocketed 28% today following a positive business update. We take a closer look at what was announced.

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The QuickFee Ltd (ASX: QFE) share price is by far one of the best performers on the ASX today. This comes after the company provided investors with a market update for its operations in April.

During mid-morning trade, the financial technology company’s shares are fetching for 32 cents, up 28%.

QuickFee achieves record growth

Investors are fighting to get a hold of QuickFee shares today following the company’s explosive trading update.

According to its release, QuickFee advised that lending activity in Australia is continuing to surge. Both March and April recorded the highest lending months in the FY21 period following the end of the JobKeeper stimulus. In particular, April lending reached $3.5 million, up 30% on the previous highest month in the current financial year. QuickFee stated that it is seeing encouraging signs for a recovery in the local business sector.

In the United States, the company processed US$76.4 million in its US PayNow market for April. This represented an increase of 13% on the previous record month of March 2021. As a result, the total transaction value (TTV) is sitting at an annualised run rate of US$900 million.

QuickFee noted that traditional financing in the United States is relatively in line with the Q2 FY21’s run rate. The federal government’s stimulus package is continuing to weigh down on the company’s lending growth.

Positively, QuickFee Instalments are gaining pick up in the United States, with volumes in April at US$180,000. Again, this reflects a 600% jump on the performance attained in March.

New merchant signups are climbing with the company recording 445 and 191 merchants in the United States and Australia, respectively.

What did the head of QuickFee say?

QuickFee CEO, Bruce Coombes hailed the company’s strong progress, saying:

We remain very excited about the growth in our payments platform in the US and the scale that we are building. As we increase our focus on both new merchant sign-ups and existing merchant usage, we expect to see ongoing growth in transaction volumes and further scale benefits.

Also, very pleasing has been the strong pickup in lending in Australia and the early uptake of the QuickFee Instalments product, with April showing very impressive growth in the US.

About the QuickFee share price

Despite today’s meteoric gain, the QuickFee share price has tumbled close to 40% year-to-date. In comparison, the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO) has gained around 7%.

Based on today’s price, QuickFee commands a market capitalisation of roughly $62 million, with approximately 201.5 million shares on issue.

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