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Morses Club

Morses Club PLC (LON:MCL), an established provider of non-standard financial services, has today announced its interim results for the 26 weeks ended 28 August 2021. 

Operational Highlights:

· 100% growth in lending customer numbers in Digital division since the year end

· Quality of lending in Digital division remains high alongside growth in customer numbers

· Continued adaptation to a structurally changing HCC sector driven by customer demand

· Digital HCC offering remains popular – 65% of all lending and 86% of payments now cashless

· Over 75% of HCC customers are registered for the customer portal

· Customer satisfaction in HCC maintained at 98%

· Total Group customer numbers: 196,000 (H1 FY21: 205,000)

· Continued progress in the plan to restructure the Group

Financial Highlights:

· Revenue increased by 4.4% to £52.4m (H1 FY21: £50.2m)

· Total credit issued to all customers increased by 29.2% to £77.8m (H1 FY21: £60.2m)

· Total credit issued to HCC customers 3.9% higher at £53.1m (H1 FY21: £51.1m)

· Total credit issued to Digital customers 172.5% higher at £24.8m (H1 FY21: £9.1m)

· Net loan book of £60.3m, increase of 8.5% (H1 FY21: £55.6m)

· Statutory profit before tax of £1.8m (H1 FY21: £0.8m)

· Adjusted profit before tax1 of £2.6m (H1 FY21: £2.3m)

· Statutory HCC profit before tax of £6.5m, an increase of 16.1% (H1 FY21: £5.6m)

· Adjusted HCC profit before tax1 of £7.3m, an increase of 7.4% (H1 FY21: £6.8m)

· Statutory loss before tax in Digital division (£4.7m) (H1 FY21: (£4.8m))

· Adjusted loss before tax1 in Digital division of (£4.7m)  (H1 FY21: (£4.5m)) with profits held back by additional IFRS9 provisioning as a result of 188% increase in loan book

· Impairment as a percentage of revenue1 for the period 31.5% (H1 FY21: 23.5%) as a result of IFRS9 costs on a growing loan book in H1 FY22 in comparison to a declining loan book in H1 FY21

· Statutory return on assets of 2.0% (H1 FY21: 7.0%)

· Adjusted return on assets1 of 9.3% (H1 FY21: 9.9%)

· Statutory EPS of 1.1p (H1 FY21: 0.5p)

· Adjusted EPS1 of 1.6p (H1 FY21: 1.3p)

· Proposed interim dividend of 1.0p per share (H1 FY21: 1.0p)

Alternative Performance Measures & Key Performance Indicators

 Key performance indicators 26-week period ended 28 August 202126-week period ended 29 August 2020% +/-
 Net Loan Book£60.3m£55.6m8.5%
 Adjusted Profit Before Tax1£2.6m£2.3m13.0%
 Statutory Profit Before Tax£1.8m£0.8m125.0%
 Adjusted Earnings per share11.6p1.3p23.1%
 Statutory Earnings per Share1.1p0.5p120%
 Cost / Income ratio61.6%67.5%8.7%
 Return on Assets2.0%7.0%(71.4%)
 Adjusted Return on Assets19.3%9.9%(6.1%)
 Return on Equity2.2%9.5%(76.8%)
 Adjusted Return on Equity110.6%13.4%(20.9%)
 Tangible Equity / average receivables187.8%74.2%18.3%
 No of customers (000’s)196205(4.4%)
 Number of agents1,1631,584(26.6%)
 Credit Issued£77.8m£60.2m29.2%
 Impairment as % of Revenue131.5%23.5%(34.0%)

Paul Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Morses Club, commented:

“Our resilience as a business underpins continued growth in our digital division which has experienced a 172.5% increase in credit issued and a significant increase in customer numbers in the period.  The HCC division has performed well, despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, and this has given us a strong foundation to address market demand, particularly in our lending products. We continue to maintain our position as one of the market leaders for customers who face financial challenges in accessing lending products. Our levels of customer satisfaction, allied with the engagement levels from our teams, are testament to our strategy of putting customers at the very heart of our day-to-day operations.” 

Sell-side Analyst Presentation

The Company will be holding a virtual sell-side analyst presentation at 9:30am on Thursday 7th October. Please contact if you would like to attend.

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