Broadridge: Finance Meets Technology
Though it has the word “financial” in its name, Broadridge Financial Solutions (BR) is actually a tech company, providing solutions for the financial industry, observes income expert Chloe Lutts Jensen, editor of the Cabot Dividend Investor.
The company offers a wide variety of tools that financial professionals use for everything from securities analysis to expense management; it also provides investor communication solutions, like distributing quarterly reports, processing proxy votes and hosting annual meetings.
Broadridge is constantly investing in new technologies, which both attracts new customers and consistently increases revenue-per-customer.
The company delivers consistent EPS growth, averaging 26% per year over the past five years. Management has focused on growing recurring revenues in recent years, largely through acquisitions, to improve the stability of earnings even further.
Broadridge beat estimates by 15% in its latest earnings report, and four analysts have increased their estimates in the past month. Analysts expect the company to deliver 15% EPS growth this year and 16% growth next year.
Sales are expected to rise 41% this year (thanks to a major acquisition—organic sales growth will likely be in the high single digits) and 6% next year. (The company’s fiscal year ends in June, so Broadridge is currently in the last quarter of fiscal 2017.)
Broadridge makes paying “a meaningful dividend” a high priority, and aims for a dividend payout ratio of at least 45% (based on prior year net earnings). Currently, the stock yields 1.8%.
It has paid dividends consistently since its IPO in 2007, and has increased the dividend for nine years running.