COHN stock exploded more than 50% higher in pre-market trading on March 3, 2021, after the company reported financials.

Cohen & Company Inc. (NYSE American: COHN), a financial services firm specializing in fixed income markets and, more recently, in SPAC markets, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

Cohen & Co. reports Q4 adjusted EPS of $4.64 versus 75c last year. The company reports Q4 revenue of $66.4M versus $16.09M last year.

Lester Brafman, CEO of Cohen & Company, said, “We are pleased with our fourth quarter and annual results, and are excited for the year ahead as we continue to execute on our strategic goals, including growing our Mortgage and Repo businesses, expanding our asset management revenue streams, and positioning the Company to attract new business opportunities and capital partners. Net trading revenue was $73.6 million in 2020, up $35.4 million or 93% from 2019, primarily from our Mortgage, Repo, and Corporate trading groups. At the end of the year, our Gestation Repo book had grown to $3.3 billion, up from $1.3 billion at the end of 2019, and our non-CDO assets under management increased 27% to $712 million, including growth in our European PriDe Funds and SPAC Funds. We also continue to make strides in the development of our SPAC franchise and remain active in the SPAC market as a sponsor, asset manager, and investor. In the fourth quarter, our first company-sponsored SPAC, Insurance Acquisition Corp., closed its merger with Shift Technologies, contributing $18.3 million to the quarter’s adjusted pre-tax income. More recently, our second company-sponsored SPAC, INSU Acquisition Corp. II, closed its merger agreement with Metromile, a digital insurance platform and pay-by-mile auto insurer, and our third company-sponsored SPAC, INSU Acquisition Corp. III, completed its $250 million IPO and is currently seeking a business combination. Our team has substantial experience in the SPAC space, and we are excited to build on our momentum and continue growing our SPAC franchise. Looking ahead, we remain committed to executing on our strategic priorities, with a continued focus on proactively managing our risk and our capital structure, and on enhancing stockholder value.”

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