JDC Group — Well on track in 2024

JDC Group (SCALE: JDC)

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EUR21.90

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JDC Group — Well on track in 2024

JDC Group (JDC) reported strong Q124 results. Revenue growth accelerated to 21.6% from 10% in FY23, driven by its Advisortech division (+22.6%). In terms of profitability, the EBITDA margin increased to 7.6% from 7.3% in Q123. JDC reiterated its FY24 revenue guidance of €205–220m, 24% y-o-y growth at the midpoint, partly driven by the acquisition of Top Ten Financial Network, which management expects to contribute more than €18m in revenues this year. EBITDA is also expected to increase to a guided range of €14.5–16.0m (FY23: €11.7m). We make no changes to our estimates. Our DCF provides a valuation of €34.0/share.

Edwin de Jong

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Edwin De Jong

Analyst

Financials

JDC Group

Q124 results

Insurance

14 May 2024

Price

€23.70

Market cap

€325m

Net cash (€m) at Q124

6.1

Shares in issue

13.7m

Free float

52%

Code

JDC

Primary exchange

Deutsche Börse Scale

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

JDC Group is a leading German insurance platform, providing advice and financial services to professional intermediaries and banks but also directly to end customers. JDC also provides its digital platform for end clients and for the administration and processing of insurance products as a white-label product.

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Edwin De Jong

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JDC Group is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

JDC Group (JDC) reported strong Q124 results. Revenue growth accelerated to 21.6% from 10% in FY23, driven by its Advisortech division (+22.6%). In terms of profitability, the EBITDA margin increased to 7.6% from 7.3% in Q123. JDC reiterated its FY24 revenue guidance of €205–220m, 24% y-o-y growth at the midpoint, partly driven by the acquisition of Top Ten Financial Network, which management expects to contribute more than €18m in revenues this year. EBITDA is also expected to increase to a guided range of €14.5–16.0m (FY23: €11.7m). We make no changes to our estimates. Our DCF provides a valuation of €34.0/share.

Well on track in 2024

Year
end

Revenue
(€m)

EBITDA
(€m)

Net profit
(€m)

EPS*
(€)

DPS
(€)

P/E
(x)

12/22

156.1

9.0

0.9

0.07

0.0

N/A

12/23

171.7

11.7

3.8

0.28

0.0

84.6

12/24e

212.9

15.3

5.1

0.37

0.0

64.0

12/25e

250.0

22.3

10.1

0.74

0.0

32.0

Note: *EPS are reported.

FY24 has started off very well for JDC with strong tailwinds in several respects. In addition to the robust insurance business, the investment and financing business is contributing to revenue growth, as is the real estate business. As a result, JDC recorded its first ever quarter with over €50m in revenue. As expected, the Advisortech business was the main revenue driver, with 22.6% growth to €48.3m. This was partly the result of the acquisition of Top Ten Financial Network, which added €4.5m in turnover in the quarter. The Advisory business reported a 7% increase in revenue to €8.7m. All in all, revenues increased 21.6% to €53.3m, of which >11% was organic growth.

Gross margin pressure, because of the acquisition of Top Ten (which has lower margins then the group average), was lower than we had anticipated. As a result, EBITDA increased 28% to €4.1m, EBIT rose 40% to €2.5m (EBIT margin 4.2%) and net income was €2.1m, compared to €1.4m in Q123. Due to seasonality, Q2 and Q3 are usually weaker compared to Q1 and Q4, but the strong start in Q1 adds more credibility to reaching the reiterated guidance of revenue of €205–220m and EBITDA of €14.5–16.0m.

New orders increased ~13% and the number of portfolio transfers initiated increased by around 58% compared to Q123. In FY23 the number of portfolio transfers amounted to ~500,000. Once on JDC’s platform, each contract delivers ~€35 in commission income and provides annually recurring revenues. In total, JDC’s platform now manages >€1.2bn in insurance premiums, up from less than €1bn at the start of 2023. In Q1, new business in the life and motor vehicle insurance products developed particularly positively. All in all, with the unchanged guidance, we have made no changes to our estimates, although guidance is looking more conservative now.

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