Updates27 January 20225 minute read

Plenti delivers 135% year-on-year growth

Our Q3 FY22 results are out, showing record loan originations of $307 million, a 135% increase over the prior period. Read the full report for more highlights.

Plenti Group Limited (Plenti) provides this trading update for the quarter ended 31 December 2021 (Q3 FY22). 

Growth and strategic highlights 

  • Record quarterly loan originations of $307.6 million, 135% above prior corresponding period (PCP) and 20% above prior quarter
  • Loan portfolio increased to $1.1 billion at 31 December 2021, 118% above PCP and 21% above prior quarter
  • Assumed leadership position amongst fintech consumer lenders, after becoming the first to reach a $1 billion consumer loan portfolio and fund over $100 million in a month
  • Successful strategic launch into the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) market with an EV specific loan offering to help more Australians transition to EV ownership
  • Secured highly efficient EV funding after establishing a second automotive warehouse facility, with Westpac as senior debt funder and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) providing mezzanine finance

Financial highlights 

  • Run-rate annual revenue of $97 million based on December revenue of $8.05 million, up 88% on PCP
  • Cash NPAT profitability achieved in October, with positive trajectory in subsequent months
  • Exceptional credit performance maintained and 90+ day arrears declined to 20 basis points at 31 December 2021

Commenting on the record quarter, Daniel Foggo, Plenti’s Chief Executive Officer, said:  

“The Plenti team has delivered another outstanding quarter, achieving strong growth in each lending vertical  and further demonstrating the strength of our credit capabilities.  

“We are delighted to have secured Westpac as a senior debt funder to support our strategic entry into the rapidly growing electric vehicle market and look forward to helping more Australians transition to EV ownership. 

“I am excited by the strong momentum across the business and outlook for 2022, as we deliver faster, fairer  loans to our partners and customers and continue on our mission to build Australia’s best lender.”

Record loan originations  

Loan originations Q3 FY21 Q3 FY22 Growth vs. PCP Q2 FY22 Q3 FY22 Growth vs.  prior qtr

Plenti achieved record quarterly loan originations of $307.6 million in Q3 FY22, 135% above PCP ($130.9 million) and  20% above prior quarter ($256.4 million). A new monthly record of $112.0 million in loan originations was set in  November, with a strong loan origination run-rate maintained in December until the seasonal slowdown of the  Christmas holiday period.

Record loan originations were achieved in each lending segment:  

  • Automotive loan origination growth of 25% on prior quarter reflected gains in market share, driven by Plenti’s investments in technology, and the continued strengthening of its sales and distribution capabilities. Further growth in Plenti’s consumer automotive lending was supported by the rollout of its commercial automotive loan offering to additional broker partners, and the launch of its suite of innovative EV finance products and tools in November
  • Renewable energy finance growth of 8% on prior quarter was a strong result in light of household solar and battery supply constraints during the period. This growth was driven by increased finance penetration with existing merchant partners and the accreditation of over 50 new merchant partners. Additionally, Plenti is successfully executing its strategy of partnering with large energy retailers, having entered into a partnership with Energy Australia to deliver a bundled energy solution, and recently being appointed by AGL to provide interest-free finance to its residential solar and battery customers, following a competitive tender process; and
  • Personal lending growth of 16% on prior quarter reflected a strengthening of demand for personal loans as well as the benefits of Plenti’s multi-channel customer reach. In particular, Plenti continued to expand its presence in the broker channel, increasing its active broker base and on-boarding over 200 new broker partners, by leveraging its technology-led broker offering and the strength of its industry relationships.  

This strong loan origination growth was achieved while maintaining credit quality. The weighted average Equifax credit  score for new borrowers during the quarter was 840, above the portfolio weighted average score of 828 at the end of  September 2021.

Plenti’s loan portfolio increased to $1,107 million at 31 December 2021, up 118% from 31 December 2020 ($508  million) and up 21% from 30 September 2021 ($915 million).  

Exceptional credit performance maintained 

Plenti maintained its exceptional credit performance during the quarter, underpinned by its proprietary credit  decisioning and pricing technology and supported by data it has derived from funding over 100,000 loans amounting to over $2 billion since it commenced lending in 2014. 

Annualised net losses for the quarter were approximately 50 basis points, reflective of the prime attributes of Plenti’s loan portfolio and strong underlying borrower characteristics.  

90+ day arrears were 20 basis points at the end of the quarter, down from 26 basis points at 30 September 2021.

Funding enhancements  

Plenti established a second automotive warehouse facility in December, with Westpac as senior debt funder and the  CEFC providing mezzanine finance. This facility, which has an initial limit of $250 million, includes an EV-specific tranche, which is structured to provide preferential and highly efficient funding for electric vehicles. 

This new warehouse facility complements the funding depth and diversity already provided through Plenti’s existing automotive warehouse facility, its renewable energy and personal loan warehouse facility, its existing asset-backed securities (ABS) issue and its two investor marketplace platforms.  

Plenti is working towards completing a renewable energy and personal loan ABS transaction in Q4 FY22, subject to market conditions, which offers the potential to reduce the funding costs and required corporate funding of the underlying receivables.  

Corporate funding  

Whilst Plenti reported corporate cash of $29.3 million at 30 September 2021, it is in advanced discussions with a  funding partner to provide a debt facility as an additional source of capital to support Plenti’s growth ambitions in  FY23 and beyond. The facility remains subject to legal documentation. 

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Written byJulia Lefort
Julia is Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs and has a wealth of experience in providing strategic advice at senior executive levels.