Why Shares of XP Inc. Are Down This Week | The Motley Fool

What happened

Shares of the Brazilian investment management firm XP Inc. (NASDAQ:XP) had fallen more than 15% on the week at the close of trading Thursday after the company reported key performance indicators (KPIs) for the third quarter earlier in the week.

So what

On Monday, XP reported several KPIs for the third quarter. While not all bad, the company reported that assets under custody fell 3% from the sequential quarter, and that total net inflows were 37 billion Brazilian real ($6.7 billion) in the third quarter versus 75 billion real in the second quarter.

The good news is that active clients on the XP platform grew 5% in the third quarter, and purchase volume on XP’s credit card grew 55% from the second quarter as well.

CFO Bruno Constantino issued a statement saying, “Despite the more challenging environment, with interest rates in an upward trend, we expect to continue to see a healthy growth pace in our main KPIs, due to a diversified business model and a still highly concentrated financial industry in Brazil.”

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Now what

Brazil’s central bank has been raising interest rates, which can impact investing activity and might explain some of the slowing in assets under custody and inflows.

But XP is also getting into other banking initiatives it can potentially cross-sell to customers. So more progress on that front might woo investors back into the fold, but it could be bumpy with everything happening in Brazil at the macro level. XP will release its full third-quarter results on Nov. 3.

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