Corporate: The Hong Kong crisis is paying dividends for Credit Intelligence; shares have doubled in the last week
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Hong Kong’s political and economic situation has been chaotic for over seven months now, but Credit Intelligence (ASX:CI1) has had a win because of it.
The debt restructuring company promised shareholders the crisis could be a good thing for the company early on. Last August its said, “The current circumstance in Hong Kong could result in an increase in bankruptcies and Individual Voluntary Administration (IVA) in coming years.”
And true to its word, Credit Intelligence reported today a big jump in revenue and profit after tax for the second half of 2019.
Revenue came in at $5.3m, 90 per cent higher than the prior corresponding period, while profit after tax was over four times higher at $1.2m.
Specific Hong Kong results weren’t mentioned, but Credit Intelligence noted Hong Kong “continues to generate sustainable profits and positive cashflow for the CI1 group”.
The profit after tax for its two Singaporean entities, ICS Funding and Hup Hoe Credit, combined was $800,000 while revenue totalled $1.8m.
This morning Credit Intelligence shares gained 32 per cent. But a spike on Friday immediately prior to this news saw it double from last Wednesday’s price of 1.6c.
The company received a price and volume query on Friday which it responded to today with this news along with its previous announcements about its performance.
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