It is Monday morning. I was GOING to update the main page on this site....but didn't get to it. This weekend was graduation weekend for my senior and well.....enough excuses!
Anyhow, market a little soft today, getting a bit of a rest. This stock showed up on the NASDAQ top gainers and is worth a look. I have never heard of it before, it is actually a relatively new issue, and nobody in my family including me has any shares.
LEND is according to CNN.money, "a nationwide mortgage banking company that originates, finances, sells, securitizes and services subprime mortgage loans secured by single-fammily residences." Sounds a little like our New Century Finance...and look how well THAT one has done.
The stock is currently trading at $19.58 up $1.63 on the day or 9.08% to the upside.
On April 29th, LEND reported first quarter results. As noted on the news report from NYTimes on the web, LEND was founded in 1990, and came public in the first quarter of the year.
Total revenues for the quarter increased by 111% to $79.1 million from $37.5 million for the prior year (!). Net income was $14.8 millionl, or $.85/share, a 170% increase from the $37.5 million for the comparable quarter in 2002 (!!!).
Morningstar shows a steady improvement in annual revenue from $12.6 million in 1997, $18.3 million in 1998, $39.3 million in 1999, $56.6 million in 2000, and $96.5 million in 2001. Based on the $79.1 million in revenue for the first quarter, 2003 could bring in up to $300 million. This is a very pretty progression!
Morningstar is a bit spotty on the results regarding free cash flow and assets/liabilities...but watch this site for updates as the company is public longer.
The stock jumped today on guidance from the company, with second quarter eps raised to $1.20-$1.25 and full year eps guidance raised to $3.50-$3.75.
This is a very interesting stock, and if it performs anything like NCEN, represents a good buying opportunity right here.