April 15th, 2022 | 12:11 CEST
Deutsche Bank, wallstreet:online, Commerzbank - Financial stocks about to jump
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Inflation is considerably too high
The ECB's inflation target is 2%. For March, the Federal Statistical Office has now put it at 7.3%. Inflation was influenced by supply bottlenecks and significant price increases at upstream economic stages. Energy products, in particular, and other goods and services, became more expensive due to the current crises. "In addition to the Corona pandemic, Russia's war against Ukraine is now having a significant impact on inflation in Germany, particularly for heating oil, fuels and natural gas, as well as individual foodstuffs," says Dr. Georg Thiel, President of the Federal Statistical Office. Not only economists are now calling on the ECB to raise interest rates quickly and significantly.
In contrast, the key interest rate remains at 0%. Only the volume of the APP bond-buying program will be capped again at EUR 20 billion at the end of June after a temporary increase. ECB President Christine Lagarde said that an interest rate hike could come "some time" after the expiration of bond purchases in the third quarter. The US is at least a step ahead here and has already announced further steps after the first interest rate hike. Shares of banks and financial service providers such as Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank were able to profit significantly since the beginning of the year, when the change in strategy became clear, and marked new 4-year highs until mid-February. However, the positive run was then abruptly halted by the Russian invasion.
Investors press "sell"
Fears of high credit exposure from Russia and Ukraine destroyed the positive chart picture. Deutsche Bank fell by around 44% from EUR 14.63 to EUR 8.16 within days, while Commerzbank lost roughly the same amount in market capitalization. The exaggerated correction was partially made up, but at the beginning of this week, the next bad news came at the same time for both financial institutions.
Capital Group, one of the major shareholders along with BlackRock, is believed to have placed 116 million Deutsche Bank shares through the US investment bank Morgan Stanley, at a price of EUR 10.08, which is almost 8% below the current share price at the time. These figures were reported by the news channel Bloomberg. At the same time, 72.5 million Commerzbank shares changed hands at EUR 6.65, almost 7% below the price. The total proceeds amounted to EUR 1.75 billion. Due to the substantial price losses, both banks offer attractive long-term entry opportunities. However, the shares could come under renewed pressure in the short term due to the uncertain geopolitical situation. The respective annual lows could be considered as the target.
The Berlin wallstreet:online Group could already have a sell-off behind it. After the stock had already started its correction last year in the course of the weakening general market, Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted what was probably the final sell-off with a low of EUR 14.30, around 50% off from the all-time high. Since then, the share price has gradually recovered, and a significant buy signal would be generated if the resistance at EUR 18.20 were exceeded.
In contrast to the share price performance, wallstreet:online AG, which owns 100% of the operating company of the successful Smartbroker, is running like clockwork. Thus, the operating company w:o Capital is the largest neobroker operating company in Germany with more than EUR 8.8 billion in "assets under custody". In addition, the Group achieved a new revenue record of EUR 51.4 million, up 82% YOY. Preliminary adjusted EBITDA before customer acquisition costs for Smartbroker grew by 45% to EUR 17.5 million. The Group's net cash position at year-end 2021 was approximately EUR 20 million.
Keeping on the gas pedal
The current fiscal year 2022 will be crucial for the Capitals. Thus, the focus is on the implementation of its "Smartbroker Cloud Platform" and the acceleration of the new "Smartbroker 2.0". On the figures side, wallstreet:online expects revenues of between EUR 62 million and EUR 67 million, which would mean an increase of around 25% YOY. Adjusted EBITDA after customer acquisition costs is expected to be between EUR 10 million and EUR 12 million. The analyst firm GBC AG sees an acceleration of the growth rate and a significant increase in profitability due to the planned optimization of the brokerage business model with the help of its Smartbroker Cloud Platform. The study, published at the end of March, was rated "buy," and the price target was raised to EUR 38.60.
Banks and financial service providers should benefit in the long term from the change in monetary policy strategy. Both Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank are still in the midst of their, so far successful, restructuring process. wallstreet:online has enormous potential due to "Smartbroker 2.0."
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