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Why Rocket Stock Soared Today

By Joe Tenebruso - Feb 26, 2021 at 7:50PM

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The mortgage titan's investors have a sizable special dividend headed their way.

What happened

Shares of Rocket Companies (RKT -2.17%) popped 9.8% on Friday after the mortgage giant delivered a blockbuster fourth-quarter report.  

So what

The parent company of Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage made a boatload of cash in 2020 -- so much so that it announced a $1.11 per share special dividend. That represents a roughly 5% yield on Rocket Companies' current share price of $21.85.

The mortgage leader's revenue surged 144% year over year to $4.7 billion, fueled by a 111% rise in loan originations. Rocket benefited from a surprisingly strong housing market during the coronavirus pandemic. Historically low interest rates also helped to boost demand for refinancing.

Miniature toy houses are on top of rising stacks of gold coins.

Rocket Companies' stock price rose sharply on Friday. Image source: Getty Images.

Rocket's profits were breathtaking. Its net income soared 277% to a staggering $2.8 billion.

"Rocket Companies' record-breaking fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results demonstrate the sheer power of the technology platform we have built and refined for more than two decades," CEO Jay Farner said in a press release. "In the midst of a pandemic, we successfully drove growth in every segment of our business."

Now what 

In addition to handing out cash to its shareholders, Rocket plans to use some of its bountiful cash flow production to ramp up its growth investments.

"As more and more consumers shift their preferences toward an increasingly digital experience, we are better positioned than ever to provide them with innovative, technology-driven solutions that simplify even the most stressful and complex transactions," Farner said.

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