With the market now seeking out stocks with strong defensive earnings, Computershare (ASX: CPU), one of the few stocks on the ASX to benefit from rising interest rates, has managed to successfully avoid the recent market selloff.
Up 48.59% over the year, the ASX 200 administration services company ended trading last Friday on $23.17 and has since jumped around 5% to $24.27, while the ASX 200 has lost around -4%.
Up 3.45% in early afternoon trading, the company’s share price has been trending up since delivering a positive set of results for the first six months of FY22 in early February.
As well as announcing a first half results ahead of expectations – with management earnings per share (EPS) up 4.5% compared to the previous period - the company also guided to higher full year earnings.
Management EPS is expected to increase by around 9% in FY22 versus the original 2% the company guided to in August.
At the half year, management note that the momentum enjoyed in the second half of last year has continued, with investments made to strengthen and scale global growth businesses delivering the anticipated returns.
Management also noted that while business acquired from Wells Fargo in November, has exceeded expectations, US Mortgage Services remains subdued, yet are beginning to improve.
On the interest rate front, Computershare said it is well placed to benefit.
“A 100bps increase in interest rates on the exposed average balances we currently manage would generate an annualised EPS increase of 26 cents per share.”
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