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EML tumbles on CEO’s shock exit

Mon 11 Jul 22, 1:23pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Long-standing CEO Tom Cregan has stood down
  • New CEO Emma Shand will spend a lot of time on the ground in Europe
  • The share price is down to around a third of the $2.92 it was trading at mid-April

The recent roller coaster ride for EML Payments' (ASX: EML) shareholders continued this morning following the surprise resignation of long-standing CEO Tom Cregan.

The share price gave back more than last week’s 10% gains on the back of the prepaid card payment company’s announced major deal with Spain’s national post office.

EML’s share price was down -21.33% at noon following revelations that Cregan, whose been with the company for over a decade, will be replaced immediately as managing director and CEO by current EML board member Emma Shand.

Cregan will receive his contractual entitlements and his equity will be treated in accordance with the terms of grant, but no termination benefits will be provided.

Shand will focus on Europe

In light of EML Payment’s significant European business, Shand is expected to spend a lot of time on the ground in Europe.

Commenting on Shand’s appointment, Peter Martin, EML’s Chairman noted:

“Ms Shand is a very successful executive with 25 years’ global experience in technology, capital markets and diversified financial services across 30 different countries."

Trading update

During a third quarter (Q3) trading update released late April the company noted that while Australian and North American were businesses trading in line with expectations, European Prepaid business operating performance was still being impacted by remediation activities.

As a result, earnings (EBITDA) guidance for FY22 was reduced by around -8% to $52m-$55m.

Highlights of Q3 updated included:

  • 23 contracts signed; 90 contracts signed YTD

  • 131 programs launched YTD, including 74 in Europe

  • Entre into the $30bn European Employee Benefits Market

  • Continued progress on CBI remediation toward 30 June 2022 completion date

  • EML benefits as interest rates rise due to the company’s large Stored Value Float

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EML Payments share price: A six month snapshot.

 

Opportune entry point

Today’s overreaction to Cregan’s surprise exit may be seen as an opportune time to reassess a timely entry point into this embattled stock.

The company’s share price is down -72% over the last year and is down to around a third of the $2.92 it was trading at mid-April this year.

Consensus on EML is Buy.

Based Morningstar’s fair value of $3.39 the stock appears to be significantly undervalued.

Based on the three brokers that cover EML (as reported on by FN Arena) the stock is trading with 167.3% upside to the target price of $2.83.

UBS expects EML to be a major beneficiary of rising rates, with the company having previously indicated it stands to gain a $14-15m earnings upside for every 1% rate increase.

The broker suspects any resolution with CBI will reduce the company's growth rate restrictions and retains a Buy rating.

While the broker's target price is lowered to $2.10 from $2.30, it is still more than double what the stock is trading at today.

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Mark Story

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Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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