Why shares of SoFi Technologies fell 10% on Monday

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Shares of SoFi technologies (NASDAQ: SOFI) fell 9.9% through 12:15 a.m. on Monday, even after the company reported a profit drop this morning.

Heading into the first quarter of 2024, analysts forecast that SoFi would earn just $0.01 per share on quarterly revenue of $556 million. In fact, earnings were twice as high as expected at $0.02 per share, and revenue was strong at $645 million. But the stock is still down.

The first quarter earnings report

First quarter revenue rose 37% year over year, which is a great start. SoFi also turned to a profit from a year-ago loss. Total deposits at the internet bank rose 16% to a record $3 billion, and its customers are now rated as 'high quality', with a median FICO score of 774, making them good candidates for loans. (The company's net interest margin is a strong 5.9%).

That all sounds great. Where things went badly was the guidance.

Are SoFi Stocks a Sell?

Management forecasts that revenue will grow faster than expected in 2024, to approximately $2.4 billion, with higher profits as well – at least $0.08 per share, as calculated under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The problem is that SoFi said second-quarter revenue will only be $555 million to $565 million, while Wall Street wants to see revenue of $580 million.

That seems to have panicked investors, but I don't think they have anything to worry about. Assuming SoFi reaches even the lower end of its target this year, revenue will rise 89% and profits will grow even faster. Earnings are expected to triple in 2025 and double again in 2026, by which time the company would earn almost $0.50 per share.

Is $7 per share really too much to pay for a share that yields $0.50? I don't know about you, but fourteen times earnings, even over two years, seems cheap for a fintech growing as fast as SoFi. Investors are selling SoFi stock today, but to me it really looks like a buy.

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