Dolev also has a novel answer to the question: “We call SOFI an attractive ‘FinBank’ that is benefiting from the best of both worlds: 1) being a bank helps keep funding costs low, and 2) having the allure of a branded, next-gen FinTech creates a powerful funnel for low-CAC, high-LTV customers.”
Valuation wise, mega-cap banks aside, and compared to banks of differing sizes, it looks like SOFI is trading “in line with the average.” But looking at the EV/Terminal Margin EBITDA compared to a collection of FinTech peers, it appears SOFI shares are going for a “notable discount.”
Whether a bank or fintech player, Dolev thinks SoFi is well-equipped to make it through the difficult economic environment, even if a recession does materialize.
During the last financial crisis, across the two years, super prime borrowers – those with a FICO score above 720 – captured meaningful share of the total loan volume vs. the share of non-super prime borrowers. And when the recovery took place, they kept hold of an “elevated share of the mix.”
Accordingly, given that during difficult economic times high-FICO borrowers have “historically proved stable,” SOFI should be resilient to credit cycles based on the fact it boasts a 746 average FICO score for personal loans.
So, good news for SOFI, but what does it all mean for investors? Dolev rates the stock a Buy, although to “reflect more reasonable near-term upside from current levels,” the analyst lowers his price target from $9 to $7. Should the figure be met, shareholders will be sitting on returns of 12% a year from now. (To watch Dolev’s track record, click here)
The Street’s $9.23 average price target sits a touch above Dolev’s prior objective and makes room for 12-month gains of ~47%. Rating wise, the stock boasts a Moderate Buy consensus rating based on a fairly even 6 Buys and 5 Holds. (See SOFI stock forecast on TipRanks)
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