Netwealth Group Ltd (ASX: NWL) has been a welcome addition to the long-standing collection of investment platforms, by offering new functionality and ease of use.

Netwealth creates investment management software which has made a large impact in a short amount of time.

Through updated technologies, elegant user experience and by providing financial planners with the ability to manage their clients’ money, report and charge for additional services, this relatively new platform is positioning itself as a welcome alternative to the tired staples offered by the big banks.

Market Share to Grow

Originally founded by the Heine family, father Michael Heine and son Matt Heine are joint Managing Directors. The family holds 53% of the company, demonstrating personal investment or ‘skin in the game’, a contributing factor in our positive appraisal of this stock.

After listing in November 2017 at $3.70 a share, the price now sits at over $7.48, a doubling in the share price in eight months.

Source: Google Finance.

Over the last twelve months, Netwealth has taken a 22% share of all net flows to investment platforms in Australia but still commands less than a 2% share of the total market. A figure that may initially seem small but we predict will grow as money churns from the old platforms to the new.

While the current PE ratio is over 40x, we expect that in five years they may reach a 10% share of the total market’s funds under advice, which, based on our modelling, could equate to $160 million net profit placing it on a PE ratio of about 10x.

Why We Like Netwealth

We believe Netwealth is a sound long-term investment and have chosen to invest in this stock for four main reasons:

  1. They are the leading player in investment management software platforms for financial planners in Australia.
  2. They are winning 22% of the market share of new money being invested via platforms in Australia.
  3. Whilst the headline PE ratio is quite high at the moment, we forecast very strong profit growth over coming years as money churns from the legacy bank platforms into these new technology platforms.
  4. The management team are personally invested, owning more than half of the company.

Steven Black from Pengana

This analysis was contributed by Steve Black, Senior Fund Manager of The Pengana Australian Equities Fund, which provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of Australian small cap industrial companies.

 

This article contains general information only and is issued by Pengana Capital Limited (ABN: 30 103 800 568, AFSL 226566). The information does not take into account your needs, goals or objectives. Therefore, you should speak to a qualified financial adviser before acting on the information.