Yiren Digital May Well be Worth a Closer Look

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Written By Dean McHugh

Yiren Digital Ltd. is an innovative financial services company that has expanded its offerings to include both core financial services and consumption & lifestyle products.

Initially focused on providing financial services, Yiren Digital has broadened its revenue base by diversifying into new areas, thereby positioning itself for accelerated growth.

Recent Financial Performance

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Q1 2024 Results

Yiren Digital’s Q1 2024 financial results, announced on June 21, 2024, highlighted a significant improvement in the company’s financial performance. Revenue increased by 39.7% year-over-year to RMB1,378 million, compared to a 17.1% year-over-year increase in Q4 2023.

Normalized EBITDA rose by 10.0% year-over-year to RMB593 million, and net profit grew by 35.3% year-over-year to RMB486 million. This robust performance was driven by strong growth in both the core financial services business and the consumption & lifestyle segment.

Segment Performance

  1. Financial Services: The financial services segment saw its revenue surge by 52.5% year-over-year to RMB738 million. The strong demand for revolving loan products was a key driver of this growth.
  2. Consumption & Lifestyle: This segment experienced a 68.3% year-over-year increase in revenue to RMB515 million, fueled by growth in gross merchandise volume generated through the company’s e-commerce platform.

Growth Prospects

Revenue Outlook for 2024

Yiren Digital has projected a significant increase in its full-year revenue for 2024, expecting a 28.7% year-over-year rise to RMB6.3 billion. The company’s optimistic revenue outlook is underpinned by its expanding presence in international markets, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Yiren Digital anticipates its overseas loan volume for the full year to be 5 to 6 times higher than in 2023, with a 60% year-over-year increase already reported in Q1 2024.

Potential Catalysts

Dividend Initiation

One of the key potential catalysts for Yiren Digital’s stock re-rating is the initiation of dividend payments. The company previously distributed dividends in 2018 and is currently evaluating the possibility of reinstating them.

The initiation of dividends could significantly enhance shareholder value and attract more investors. Analysts have noted that some of Yiren Digital’s fintech peers have begun distributing substantial dividends, putting additional pressure on the company to follow suit.

In Q1 2024, Yiren Digital allocated $2.1 million to share repurchases, translating into an annualized buyback yield of 2%.

Risks and Considerations

Economic and Market Risks

Investors should consider the following risks when assessing Yiren Digital as a potential investment:

  1. Economic Slowdown: A slower-than-expected growth in key markets like China and Southeast Asia could negatively impact Yiren Digital’s financial performance.
  2. Dividend and Buyback Policies: Failure to initiate dividend distributions or a more modest pace of share repurchases could disappoint investors and negatively affect the stock price.


Yiren Digital is currently trading at a low valuation of 1.5 times trailing P/E. This depressed valuation suggests significant upside potential if the company meets its revenue growth targets and initiates dividend payments.

A strong financial performance and enhanced shareholder returns through dividends and buybacks could lead to a re-rating of the stock.


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Yiren Digital Ltd. shows strong potential for growth, driven by its robust financial performance in Q1 2024 and positive revenue outlook for the full year. The company’s expansion into international markets and the potential initiation of dividends are key factors that could drive a re-rating of its stock.

While there are risks associated with economic conditions and shareholder return policies, Yiren Digital’s current low valuation presents a compelling investment opportunity.


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