Magellan Financial Group: Dec-20 mark to market

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Scott Murdoch
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By Scott Murdoch
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Senior Analyst
Date posted:
12 January 2021, 12:30 PM
Sectors Covered:
Diversified Financials, Professional Services

  • Magellan Financial Group (ASX:MFG) ended Dec-20 with A$101.4bn FUM, down 1.6% for the month and up 4.3% over 1H21. Closing FUM is marginally higher versus average 1H21 (A$100.9bn).
  • FUM growth over the half was driven by retail inflows (~A$1.4bn); institutional inflows (~A$2.3bn) and fund performance (~A$0.45bn).
  • Recent investment under-performance and AUD/USD appreciation has weighed on share price performance. We view both of these as relatively mild headwinds to our forecast growth expectations rather than significant longer-term risks.
  • Our Add rating is maintained. We view MFG's valuation as reasonable (~20x FY22F PE) with solid growth potential in the core business and optionality from new ventures.

1H21 FUM up ~4.3% for the half

Magellan Financial Group (ASX:MFG) ended 1H21 with A$101.4bn in group FUM (+4.3% over the six months), comprising Retail FUM of A$27.44bn (+2.5% on opening 1H21 FUM); and institutional FUM of A$73.93bn (+5% on opening 1H21 FUM).

1H21 average FUM of A$100.9bn is up 8.8% on pcp and ~2.5% on 2H20. The group enters 2H21 with opening FUM marginally ahead of 1H21 average.

Total net inflows of A$3.7bn comprised of retail (A$1.4bn) and Institutional (A$2.3bn).

MFG announced an expected 1H21 performance fee of A$12m, down from A$42m in 1H20.

1H21 result snapshot

We will provide a full reporting preview with the Morgans reporting season playbook (soon to be released).

We forecast underlying NPAT (pre one-off costs) of A$205.9m, down 5% on the pcp. We expect management fees to be up ~8%, however total revenue down ~3.3% due to lower performance fees.

We expect no change to MFG's full year funds management expense guidance (A$110-115m).

Key areas of focus include:

  1. New products: update on recently launched (core series and sustainable funds) and anticipated launches (retirement income); and
  2. Further use of the balance sheet: recent principal investments and future 'partnership' opportunities. Recent short-term headwinds will also be in focus, with MFG's core Global Fund meaningfully underperforming its benchmark in 2Q21 (we note MFG retains a very strong long-term track record of performance); and pressure arising from an appreciating AUD.

Changes to forecasts

We lower performance fee assumptions which leads to a FY21/22/23 EPS downgrades of 7.5%/4.4%/2.8%.

We lower FY21 performance fee expectations to A$27m (from A$60m; 1H21 A$12m) given the primary Global fund is now below (~2%) its high water mark.

Add maintained

Our PE/DCF valuation moves (Morgans clients can login to view the detailed reports and price targets).

We view MFG's short-term valuation as reasonable, with strong prospects to deliver future sustainable growth.

Market direction and performance fees are the near-term forecast swing factors; with long-term growth supported by a pipeline of new products and optionality from a strong balance sheet.

Primary downside risks include a rapidly appreciating AUD; and sustained investment under performance leading to net outflows.

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