- Earlypay shares rocket on back on record result for H1 FY22
- NPATA came in at $7.5 million, an increase of 110% over the prior comparable period
- Upgraded guidance for the FY22 full-year in the range of $13 million and $14 million
The Earlypay Ltd (ASX: EPY) share price is in fine form today following a positive trading update from the company.
At the time of writing, the payment advance company's shares are up 9.30% to 47 cents a pop.
Earlypay continues its growth story
Investors are snapping up Earlypay shares after the company reported a robust result for the first-half of FY22.
According to its release, Earlypay achieved Net Profit After Tax before amortisation (NPATA) of around $7.5 million. This represents an increase of 110% over the prior corresponding period and is well ahead of forecasts.
Earlypay attributed the strong result to its core Invoice Finance product which is offered to small and medium-sized enterprises clients.
Total transaction volume (TTV) for the 6 months stood at $1.2 billion, up 35% on this time last year. The Equipment Finance business also saw substantial improvement in new originations in recent months and returned to growth.
Earlypay noted that January which is normally impacted by holiday seasonality performed ahead of expectations. This was driven by organic growth in client numbers and continued high utilisation rate of Invoice Finance facilities.
Due to the solid performance of the first-half along with favourable trading conditions, Earlypay upgraded its FY22 NPATA guidance.
As such, the company is anticipating NPATA of between $13 million and $14 million, which is 60% higher than the result achieved in FY21.
The strong profit result is expected to materially increase the first-half FY22 dividend compared to pcp. Earlypay's dividend payout ratio will remain at 60% of NPATA across the full year.
Earlypay CEO, Daniel Riley commented:
We are delighted to announce a record H1 FY22 result, which shows material growth in Invoice Finance. The stronger than expected earnings have been driven by record TTV, lower cost of debt and increased utilisation of proprietary technology to facilitate operating leverage for the business.
It is also pleasing to see the equipment finance book return to growth in recent months. Following the record first half and a notable pickup in SMEs looking for alternate funding, Earlypay has upgraded its FY22 NPATA Guidance from $13m+ to $14m+.
The company noted it will provide additional information in the release of its FY22 first-half results on 24 February.
Earlypay share price snapshot
It has been a solid 12 months for the Earlypay share price, rising by 23% over the period. Year to date, the company's shares are almost 10% higher.
Based on valuation grounds, Earlypay commands a market capitalisation of around $132.29 million and has approximately 281.47 million shares outstanding.