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FinTech Group’s (FTG’s) proposed banking joint venture (JV) with Austrian Post has been abandoned in accordance with the feedback of the relevant regulatory bodies that the approval of a new banking licence might take between one and a half to two years. This supports FTG’s near-term earnings and leaves the business focused on its online brokerage activities. Meanwhile, 10-month KPIs indicate the brokerage business continues to perform well, with trades up 16% over the corresponding 10-month period. High-margin OTC products jumped 34% and represent c 25% of the total. In the wake of the recent de-rating, the shares look increasingly attractive on c 11x consensus FY19 earnings.

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