Brazilian Banking Entity Inter & Co, Inc. Surged By 230% in Last Year – Will the Surge Continue?

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Written By Elizabeth Monroe

Inter & Co, Inc. (NASDAQ: INTR) has surged by 230% over the past year, positioning itself as a standout name in the Fintech sector.

The Brazilian banking entity has garnered success through its comprehensive “Super App,” which amalgamates various financial services, including banking, payments, lending, investments, insurance, travel services, and shopping, boasting over 30 million clients to date.

Operational and Financial Highlights

Inter & Co’s venture into the U.S. market last year marks a pivotal expansion, promising new growth avenues.

However, 2024 looms as a decisive year for the company as it seeks to sustain its momentum in a fiercely competitive market segment amidst soaring expectations that could precipitate another round of stock volatility.


The latest financial disclosures from Inter & Co reveal a robust performance, with net income soaring to BRL 160 million (approximately $32 million) from BRL 29 million in the preceding year’s same quarter.

This achievement represents the fifth consecutive quarter of profit growth, with net revenue climbing by 31% year-over-year to BRL 1.3 billion ($263 million), reflecting an 8.5% return on equity.

Noteworthy is the surge in active clients to 16.4 million, a 30.4% increase, alongside a -19% year-over-year decline in client acquisition cost, enhancing profitability through reduced marketing and operational expenses.

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Financial Dynamics and Market Expansion

The gross loan portfolio’s expansion to BRL 31.0 billion, marking a 26% year-over-year increase, underscores the company’s lending prowess across various sectors. Despite a slight uptick in non-performing loans, the stable coverage ratio at 132% indicates robust asset quality.

Inter’s foray into the U.S. market, now serving 2 million “global clients” with significant USD deposits and assets under custody, underscores its strategic diversification.

Targeting the expatriate Brazilian population, the company aims to leverage this demographic with tailored banking solutions, highlighting the higher product utilization among these global clients compared to their Brazilian counterparts.

Outlook and Growth Strategy

Inter & Co’s tech-centric approach and “all-in-one” mobile platform strategy underscore its innovation in the banking sector.

With ambitious goals set for the next five years, including reaching 60 million total clients and achieving significant returns on equity, the company faces the daunting task of doubling its client base amidst intensified competition.

The challenge intensifies as Inter & Co seeks to penetrate deeper into the small- and medium-sized business segment, aiming to diversify beyond retail.

With the market potentially pricing in these optimistic projections, skepticism arises regarding the feasibility of achieving these ambitious targets, considering the intense competition from both established Fintech entities and traditional Brazilian banks transitioning to digital platforms.

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Competitive Landscape and Valuation

Inter & Co finds itself in a competitive battlefield with giants like Nu Holdings Ltd. and PagSeguro Digital Ltd., as well as traditional banks embracing digital transformation.

Trading at a price-to-book value comparable to its peers, Inter & Co’s valuation does not denote a clear over or under-valuation, presenting a nuanced investment perspective.

However, compared to Nu Holdings, which boasts a significantly larger customer base and a higher price-to-book multiple, Inter & Co’s challenge to expand its market share becomes even more evident.

The global competition further exacerbates this challenge as Inter & Co vies for recognition against established names in the U.S. market.

Focus on Navigating Challenges for Future Success

Balancing its recent financial successes against the uncertainties of future growth and market share expansion, Inter & Co is rated as a hold.


The company’s continued performance, engagement trends, and loan portfolio metrics will be crucial in determining its trajectory.

With its earnings susceptible to currency fluctuations, the macroeconomic environment could play a pivotal role in shaping its fortunes. As 2024 approaches, the focus will intensify on Inter & Co’s ability to navigate these challenges and harness opportunities in a rapidly evolving Fintech landscape.

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