Plenti Group Limited (Plenti) is pleased to announce its half-year results for the six months ended 30 September 2021 (1H22), announce significant milestones achieved post half-year end, and announce new financial objectives.
Record half-year loan originations of $473 million, up 183% on prior comparable period (PCP)
Record loan portfolio at half-year end of $915 million, up 110% on PCP
Record half-year revenue of $37 million, up 43% on PCP (interest income up 53%)Cash NPAT of $(2.2) million, a 56% improvement on 2H21
Market-leading credit performance, with 0.7% net realised loss rate
$306.3 million inaugural asset-backed securities transaction, significantly reducing funding costs
Corporate cash position maintained over the half, despite $300 million loan portfolio growth
Launched commercial auto loan in May, doubling addressable automotive market
Materially reduced operating costs per dollar funded, evidencing operating leverage
Continued to deliver significant technology and product advancements
Significant milestones achieved post half-year end
Positive monthly Cash NPAT achieved in October
$1 billion loan portfolio reached in November
Launched specialist EV loan
New financial objectives set
Closing loan portfolio > $1.25 billion
Cash NPAT > $1 million
Cost-to-income ratio <50%
An ambition to reach $5 billion loan portfolio in calendar 2025
Commenting on the half-year result, Daniel Foggo, Plenti’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This was an outstanding half for Plenti. We grew strongly and evidenced our operational leverage, which set us up to achieve profitability in the second half.
“As an Australian fintech lending pioneer, being the first listed fintech to achieve a $1bn loan portfolio is a significant milestone on our mission to build Australia’s best lender. It shows that our technology-led offering is resonating with our partners and customers.
“Looking forward, the momentum in our business gives us the confidence to express our ambition of reaching a $5 billion loan portfolio in 2025, noting our loan portfolio would grow approximately 150% by end 2025 even if our monthly originations ceased growing from this month onwards.
“We continue to see exciting opportunities to extend our technology advantages and develop market leadership in the automotive, renewable energy and personal loan markets.”
Loan originations and loan portfolio growth
Plenti achieved strong loan origination growth in the first half, with loan originations of $473 million, up 183% on PCP. Growth was particularly strong in automotive finance, where annual loan originations of $258 million were up 218% on PCP. Renewable energy originations of $46 million were up 63% on PCP. Personal lending grew to $169 million, up 194% on PCP (noting 1H21 personal loan originations were impacted by COVID-19).
Growth on PCP
Operations and technology
Plenti delivered significant advancements in its technology platform across customer experience, credit decisioning and pricing, as well as partner integrations. Additionally, the Company launched its commercial automotive loan in May, doubling its addressable automotive market, and continued to show operating leverage through materially reducing its operating costs per dollar funded in the period.
Exceptional credit performance maintained
Plenti maintained its exceptional credit performance during the half. Annualised net realised losses were approximately 0.7%, reflective of the prime attributes of Plenti’s loan portfolio and strong underlying borrower characteristics. 90+ day arrears were 26 basis points at the end of the half year.
Plenti substantially reduced its cost of funding in the half and achieved significantly greater capital efficiency across its funding programs. The average funding cost reduced to 4.0% in 1H22, down 2.3% on PCP, and reduced further to 3.4% in September, following completion of the ABS transaction.
Plenti completed a $306.3 million asset-backed securities transaction during the period, which substantially reduced the cost of its automotive loan funding. 87.8% of the notes were rated Aaa by Moody’s, allowing Plenti to achieve a 0.97% day one weighted-average margin above one-month BBSW on notes sold, reducing the all-in funding costs for these receivables by over 100 basis points. Additionally, Plenti’s equity contribution was reduced to 0.50% of the loan receivables. The Company is now well placed to complete further ABS issuance during 2022.
Plenti ended the period with net cash1 of $43.5 million, flat on its 31 March 2021 net cash position of $43.4 million, despite $300 million in loan portfolio growth in the half. This was achieved by releasing funds through the auto ABS transaction and negotiating materially improved terms in the automotive warehouse facility. Post half-year, Plenti has agreed additional changes to its automotive warehouse which will further support its corporate cash position.
Financial priorities achieved
Plenti is pleased to announce it has achieved ahead of target two of the financial priorities set out in its FY21 results presentation2:
Positive monthly Cash NPAT achieved in October
$1 billion loan portfolio reached on 12 November
Plenti has set the following financial objectives for 2H22:
Growth: a period-end loan portfolio of over $1.25 billion
Profitability: Cash NPAT of over $1.0 million
Efficiency: cost-to-income ratio of below 50% (in progress towards medium term target of below 35%)
Additionally, Plenti has set an ambition of reaching a $5 billion loan portfolio in calendar 2025.
Mr Foggo said: “Plenti has continued to perform strongly in the start of the second half year, with the Company on target to fund over $100 million in November. Looking forward, we have a significant growth opportunity in front of us, and we have a clearly defined strategy for achieving our objective of building Australia’s best lender.”