Netwealth Group Reports Exceptional March Quarter
• Netwealth reports Funds Under Administration went up 50 per cent
• Company is the industry leader in total FUA net inflows
• Full-year FUA net inflows expected at around $9 billion
Netwealth Group (ASX:NWL) has released its quarterly business update and reports strong results in its balance sheet as well as a highly positive outlook moving forward. The company reports Funds Under Administration (FUA) as of 31 March 2021 totalling $41.8 billion, an increase of 50.1 per cent over the prior corresponding period (pcp).
Netwealth is an Australian based wealth management business founded in 1999. The company offers services such as superannuation, managed accounts, and managed funds. Notably, Netwealth provides its services through its own digital platform, developed and constantly being improved by its in-house technology team.
The update includes several additional key metrics that the company believes illustrate its strong position in the market. Netwealth’s market share on 31 December 2020 stood at 4.3 per cent, representing a 1.1 per cent increase over the year. On another positive note, the company’s client base is also growing. 3,819 new accounts were recorded for the quarter bringing the total to 92,008 and represent a 4.3 per cent increase over the quarter.
Netwealth is the industry leader in FUA net inflows for the December 2020 quarter by a considerable amount. For the 12 month period leading to 31 December 2020, the company achieved net FUA inflows of $9.2 billion, 67.3 per cent higher than its closest competitor, HUB24, which reported net inflows of only $5.5 billion. This is the eleventh consecutive quarter for which the company has been the market leader.
The company also points out its resilience by noting the increased diversification of its FUA net inflows. The company’s largest licensee now only accounts for $0.5 billion of quarterly net inflows, down from $1.4 billion in the pcp. Netwealth further comments that FUA net inflows for the quarter have also recovered and are now at pre-COVID levels.
On a separate note, Funds Under Management net inflows for the March quarter came in at $0.9 billion. The balance of managed accounts as of 31 March 2021 stood at $8.7 billion, an increase of $3.7 billion, indicating a 73.1 per cent increase to the pcp. Total FUM stood at $10.5 billion, 66.4 per cent over the pcp.
In addition to its strong balance sheet, the company’s digital platform also received recognition as an industry-leading product. The Investment Trends 2020 Benchmarking Report ranked Netwealth’s platform as the industry leader for its product offering, decision support tools, reporting, and transaction tools.
On the fundamental level the company has consistently delivered growth in key metrics, reporting growth in earnings per share, cash flows and return on equity for the past three years. The company enjoyed a jump in its share price on today’s announcement, closing 2.37 per cent higher for the day to $14.70. Netwealth is confident in its position moving forward reporting that it is now the fastest growing platform provider in Australia and expects full-year net FUA inflows to reach approximately $9 billion.