|Bid||10.68 x 1000|
|Ask||10.86 x 800|
|Day's Range||10.71 - 11.53|
|52 Week Range||9.43 - 16.60|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||N/A|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Feb 17, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||15.56|
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 18, 2020 / Oneconnect Financial Technology Co Ltd - ADR (NYSE:OCFT) will be discussing their earnings results in their 2019 Fourth Quarter Earnings call to be held ...
OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. ("OneConnect" or the "Company") (NYSE: OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
Returns, of course, are the name of the game. Investors get into stocks as a way to grow wealth, and are quick to exit any instrument that doesn’t deliver. The key is learning how to recognize the stocks that are going to gain, and then staying in for the long haul.Of the two, long-term investing is probably the more difficult. It’s tempting to dump a stock at a downturn, or sell off underperforming assets. But every stock market winner has seen periods of loss; those blips are common. Winning investors will remember Warren Buffett’s advice, “If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes.” Long-term investing is based on time horizons measured in years. As Buffett has also said, the best holding period is forever.Recognizing potentially strong stocks requires information – and lots of it. Fortunately, TipRanks has built up just the database you need – and provides a series of tools to make it easy to search and use the raw data. We’ve used the Stock Screener tool to find some interesting financial stocks that show signs of a potential breakout, and are set to outperform in the years to come. Let’s look at the details.OneConnect Financial Technology Company, Ltd. (OCFT)Up first is OneConnect, a software company whose products offer digital transformation, revenue increase, and risk management applications for financial institutions. The company’s customer base is in China, an important point, as China has a rapidly emerging technology sector. And, with a growing urban population that already exceeds 800 million, China’s pool of potential tech-sector customers is already larger than the entire US and EU populations combined.The sheer size of China’s potential market already gives OneConnect a huge potential for growth, a potential that the company has begun to realize. Founded as one of the Ping An Insurance Group’s businesses, OCFT shares went public in mid-December. The IPO was priced at $9 to $10 per share, and the initial offering of 31.2 million shares met that target range.That was seven weeks ago. Since then, OCFT shares have gained 27%, and the market cap has risen to $4.7 billion. It’s an impressive out-of-the-gate performance for OneConnect.The company’s early and rapid gains have caught the attention of Morgan Stanley analyst Yang Liu, who writes of the stock, “We believe OCFT will be a long-term winner in China's financial technology market given its early-mover advantage, unique value proposition, recurring revenue model, clear growth strategy, and strong parent company support.”Liu puts a $16 price target on OCFT, implying an upside potential of 26% in support of his Buy rating. (To watch Liu’s track record, click here)Even though it hasn’t been around long, OCFT stock has garnered 5 Buy reviews, giving it a unanimous Strong Buy analyst consensus. Shares sell for $12.72, and the average price target of $17.18 suggests room for a 35% upside potential. (See OneConnect Financial Technology stock analysis on TipRanks) LexinFintech Holdings, Ltd. (LX)The other Chinese fintech on our list, LexinFintech, is a holding company. LexinFintech offers a range of services, including wealth management and money loans, to very much of the same customer base as OCFT above.Also like OCFT, LX stock had a successful IPO. LX started trading in December 2017, with a list price of $9 that quickly settled at $11.80. The initial offering sold 12 million shares, and raised over $130 million. The company’s current market cap is $2.3 billion, and shares trade at $13.30, a gain of 48% from the opening price.Lexin’s earnings are strong, with the last quarter report showing $245 million in gross profit, from total revenues of $461 million. The company consistently beats the earnings forecasts, having exceeded expectations in the last five quarterly reports. LX will report next on March 12, and the consensus is for EPS of 56 cents.Wall Street likes what it sees in LX. Writing on the stock after attending the company’s first Investor Day, Credit Suisse analyst Yiran Zhong said, “The positive outlook on loan volume growth is underpinned by record customer acquisition in 3Q19… [We like the] longer-term strategy to build an ecosystem that serves the consumption needs of its young customers, including through consumer finance, membership benefits and a point redemption system. We believe this helps Lexin tap into an expanded range of consumption scenarios, which in turn enhances its capacity to provide consumer finance services.”Zhong’s price target, of $18.05, implies an upside of 36% from current price levels, and supports his Outperform rating.Shares in LX are selling for $13.30, a low cost for a stock with a 50% upside potential. An analysis of the stock shows a set of strong data points, all pointing to overperformance in coming months. Financial bloggers are optimistic about the stock, with 100% of recent reviews taking a bullish stance against the sector average of 72%. (See LexinFintech stock analysis on TipRanks) Citigroup, Inc. (C)Third on our list is a staple of the markets, and a component of the S&P 500 index. Citigroup, with a market cap of $157 billion, is the third largest American bank, and is counted as one of the Big 4 along with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Citi has over 200 million customer accounts, does business in over 160 countries around the world, and saw total revenues of $72.9 billion in fiscal 2018. In short, it’s a banking giant.Citigroup shares gained 53% in 2019, outpacing the broader markets by a wide margin. The stock also paid out a strong dividend, of 51 cents per share quarterly. The annualized payment, $2.04 per share, gives a yield of 2.74%, significantly higher than the S&P average. This is a stock that has a proven record of returns for investors, through multiple streams.That proven record, combined with an easy cost of entry, generates lots of love among the Wall Street analyst corps. 5-star analyst Chris Kotowski, from Oppenheimer, writes of this company, “Citi remains one of the cheapest banks in our universe of coverage, at 1.16x tangible book value and ~9.4x our 2020 EPS estimate. Our $124 price target assumes a 70% relative P/E multiple based on consensus estimates for the S&P 500 and our estimates for Citi. This is at the lower end of the 70–80% that we generally consider to be fair value for banks.”To this end, Kotowski gave the price target a boost. The new $124 price target implies an upside potential of 67% in the next 12 months, and fully justifies his Buy rating. (To watch Kotowski’s track record, click here)Citigroup is a stock that is primed for outperformance in 2020, too. The analyst consensus is a Strong Buy, based on 13 reviews, including 11 Buys and 2 Holds. Shares are priced low for a blue-chip steadfast, at $74.41, but the $93.71 average price target indicates room for a 26% upside potential. (See Citigroup stock analysis on TipRanks)
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Investors keep flocking to private equity in Asia even though returns are declining. They should take heed: Payouts are likely to get worse from here, rather than better.The hunt for yield in a low-interest world has spurred institutional investors from China Investment Corp. to Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund to join the rush into the alternative asset class. Private equity firms founded by former veterans of Warburg Pincus and KKR & Co. are seeking to raise at least $4.5 billion for new funds investing in China, Cathy Chan of Bloomberg News reported Thursday, in the latest sign of the region’s burgeoning appetite for nonpublic investments.New York-based KKR, meanwhile, is targeting more than $12.5 billion for its fourth Asian fund, which would surpass the record $10.6 billion raised by China’s Hillhouse Capital Group in 2018.(2) At the end of June, private equity firms in Asia were sitting on a record $361 billion of unspent capital, according to London-based market research firm Preqin.The returns haven’t lived up to the hype. Funds focused on Asia generated an internal rate of return of 12.8% last year, down from 15.5% in 2018, according to Preqin. That’s below what investors could have made outside the region: North American funds chalked up an IRR of 16.4% in 2019 while those centered on Europe returned 18%.Even brand-name private equity shops have sputtered. Hillhouse’s $10.6 billion fund saw its IRR slip by 5.16 percentage points between September 2018 and the third quarter of 2019. Over the same period, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 3.3%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. KKR’s two existing Asian mega-funds have had varying success.It’s getting harder for private equity firms to realize returns by selling companies on stock markets as the world wakes up to the reality that not all hot technology startups will be IPO winners. That follows disappointing debuts for high-profile names such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., along with the collapse of WeWork’s U.S. share offering last year.Much of the private-equity action in Asia has focused on China, which has also had its share of setbacks. OneConnect Financial Technology Co., a unit of Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., cut the size of its U.S. IPO by almost half last month, while Oyo Hotels is firing thousands of staff in China and India. Like WeWork and Uber, both companies are backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.The U.S.-China trade war has also had a damping effect, with some private equity-invested companies finding themselves embroiled in the tensions. Facial recognition startup Megvii Technology Ltd. delayed its IPO in Hong Kong after it was included in a U.S. blacklist cutting off its access to key American technology. Bytedance Inc., owner of the wildly popular video app TikTok, is now a subject of a U.S. national security review, and is weighing the sale of a majority stake in the unit.All that considered, it isn’t surprising that the value of private-equity backed trade sales dropped 14% to $28.5 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, while share sales by private equity owners slumped 27% to $6.4 billion, declining for a third year to the lowest since 2013.While the U.S.-China phase one trade deal signed last week offers some hope of an improvement in conditions, money is still likely to keep piling up in Asian private equity. For one thing, there aren’t many better alternatives. Institutional investors need to diversify: They can’t keep all their funds in U.S. equities, even if these have been going gangbusters for years.But that doesn't mean individuals need to follow suit. Private equity investments are more risky because they are illiquid and take years to pay off. Smart investors should see the ever-growing piles of dry powder as a sign of danger rather than success.\--With assistance from Dani Yang and Irene Huang. (Corrects to remove non-annualized MSCI index comparisons in the second chart, deletes reference to KKR fund underperforming the market.)(1) The Hillhouse fund is the largest devoted specificallly to Asian investing. Chinese state-backed, or policy, funds such as a $29 billion vehicle created in October to invest in the semiconductor industry are larger.To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
OneConnect Financial Technology Co. Ltd. ("OneConnect" or "the Company") (OCFT), a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions in China, today announced the closing of the issuance of an additional 3,520,000 American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") of the Company at the initial public offering ( the "IPO") price of US$10.0 per ADS, pursuant to the partial exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option in connection with the IPO.
OneConnect Financial Tech Co Ltd ADR (NYSE: OCFT ) is a leading FinTech enabler with significant competitive advantages in a market that represents huge opportunity, according to KeyBanc Capital Markets. ...
On January 2, 2020, a financing platform for SMEs in China's Guangdong province was formally launched. The platform is supported by OneConnect (NYSE: OCFT), a leading Chinese fintech company that has just been listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The launch of the platform with blockchain as its key underlying technology marks the deep integration of digital government and fintech, signaling that difficulties in obtaining financing, including the associated high cost and slow pace of completing the process, faced by small and medium-sized businesses can be solved by following the "Guangdong model".
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s second-largest insurer by market value is struggling to reinvent itself as a unicorn hub. Wariness by public investors toward unprofitable companies spells bad news for Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., which has plenty of tech firms it wants to take public at some point.The latest casualty is OneConnect Financial Technology Co., a cloud-based back-end platform for banks and insurers. A planned initial public offering in the U.S. set for Thursday was cut by almost half to just $260 million from a target of $504 million. Ping An didn’t give an official reason. Valuations of the unprofitable fintech company will now fall to half of the $4.4 billion to $5.2 billion range floated when investors were sounded out last week.That’s a blow to Ping An’s “technology-plus-finance” ambitions. Will the insurer lick its wounds or plow ahead? It can have a word with Masayoshi Son, still smarting from the WeWork debacle. His SoftBank Vision Fund bought into OneConnect last year at a valuation of $7.5 billion. All this is a shame, because OneConnect is perhaps the Shenzhen-based company’s strongest spinoff, providing a needed service to financial institutions struggling with legacy computer systems. It operates in a less-competitive space than Ping An’s consumer-focused apps.Ping An Healthcare and Technology Co., the online platform better known as Good Doctor, is a medical portal that competes with Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeDoctor. Its Hong Kong post-listing performance has been weak. After languishing for much of the year under its IPO price, the stock has only recently been in the black.Then there’s Lufax, which is more than 40% owned by Ping An and is also struggling. The world’s most valuable financial technology startup just three years ago, Lufax was caught up in Beijing’s clampdown on peer-to-peer lenders and is now reshaping itself as a consumer-finance company. It’s safe to say it won’t be listing anytime soon.Even China’s hottest companies have struggled to raise capital. OneConnect’s travails don’t bode well for another of Ping An’s B2B firms, HealthKonnect. The cloud platform for the healthcare sector was valued at $8.8 billion after a fundraising early last year. Now, the unprofitable startup will have to push any potential IPO plans further down the road. Ping An’s tech ambitions have allowed it to trade at 2.35 times book value versus 1.44 times for rival China Life Insurance Co., though the state firm has outperformed it in the past 12 months. Ping An trails only Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in market value as an insurer globally, but it’s a lot more expensive than Warren Buffett’s firm, which trades at 1.4 times book.The 31-year-old company set up OneConnect only in 2015, and perhaps one day it will be more a tech giant than an insurer. But fintech and “healthtech” made up just 4.1% of third-quarter revenue. Investors should remember that. To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick McDowell at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- China-based cloud fintech platform OneConnect Financial Technology Co. cut its planned U.S. initial public offering set for Thursday by almost half.The company, one of several Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. businesses backed by SoftBank Group Corp., said in a filing Wednesday that it was reducing both the size of the share sale as well as the targeted price range. Instead of raising as much as $504 million, the listing is now targeting as much as $260 million.OneConnect is now planning to sell 26 million shares for $9 to $10 each, instead of 36 million for $12 to $14 as planned earlier, according to the filing.OneConnect opted for a New York listing despite U.S.-China tensions. The company earlier considered a Hong Kong listing with a target of raising about $1 billion at a valuation of about $8 billion, Bloomberg reported in February.OneConnect, backed by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, provides technology solutions that help increase revenue and manage risks for small and midsize financial institutions in China.SoftBank has placed bets on companies under the state-linked insurer Ping An, as part of its play in combining technology and insurance. Last year, Vision Fund invested in Ping An Good Doctor and Ping An Healthcare Technology.OneConnect had a net loss of $147 million on revenue of $218 million during the nine months ended Sept. 30, compared with an $82 million net loss on revenue of $128 million for the same period last year, its filings show. Since 2017, Ping An Group has extended to OneConnect more than $1 billion in loans with interest rates ranging from 4.55% to 7.3%.The offering is being led by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Ping An Securities Group Holdings Ltd. OneConnect said in the filing that it plans to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OCFT.To contact the reporter on this story: Crystal Tse in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Liana Baker at email@example.com, Michael Hytha, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
For a more comprehensive IPO calendar, check out the offering in Benzinga Cloud . The IPO dates below are expected but not confirmed. XP Inc. (NASDAQ: XP ) will issue more than 72.5 million shares between ...