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SoFi stock struggles amidst fintech industry competition

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SoFi Technologies, a leading figure in the fintech industry, is currently experiencing a 73% drop in its stock market peak. Despite offering competitive deposit interest rates and a rise in online banking demand, the drop in share price is mainly due to the tight competition from similar platforms over-saturating the market.

SoFi’s strong customer experience and technology enhancements reassure investors of a recovery plan to regain its leading industry position. The platform currently has over 8 million active users, a significant rise from 1 million in 2020, largely due to the attractive 4.6% annual interest rate on deposits which outstrips main competitors like Bank of America and Chase.

The company’s diverse range of services includes credit and debit cards, brokerage features and a variety of consumer loans. A primary source of revenue is from their substantial loan portfolio mainly consisting of personal loans. In a recent quarter, the lending department reported $330 million in net revenue.

SoFi’s stock dips amidst fierce competition

With additional products like wealth management solutions and insurance products, SoFi continues to attract a large number of customers.

Despite a previous struggle with profitability, SoFi reversed this trend in the last quarter by reporting an $88 million net income on a total net revenue of $645 million and a 44% annual increase in customer base. The $59 million of the last quarter’s net income, however, was as a result of a singular debt cancellation, not from regular business activity. Therefore, excluding non-operational gains, SoFi’s Q1 net income is significantly less at $29 million.

Currently, SoFi has a $7.4 billion market capitalization and a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 43. Investors need to be aware of these ratios and the factors influencing them before making an investment. Understanding SoFi’s goal to increase their customer base in the next five years and the potential overvaluation due to optimistic future revenue forecasts is important for any investor looking to make a well-informed decision.

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Becca Williams is a writer, editor, and small business owner. She writes a column for Smallbiztechnology.com and many more major media outlets.