Plenti achieves record loan originations

Plenti achieves record loan originations

In a statement released to the ASX, listed fintech Plenti have provided a trading update for the quarter ended 30 June 2023 (1Q24).

Highlights include:

  • Loan portfolio increased to $1.90 billion, 32% above PCP and 8% above prior quarter
  • Automotive loan book reached $1 billion milestone
  • Record quarterly loan originations of $332 million, 15% above PCP and 20% above prior quarter, driven by record renewable energy and record personal lending, combined with a strong recovery in automotive loan originations
  • Annualised net credit losses of 117 basis points and 90+ day arrears of 49 basis points at quarter end, reflecting the credit strength of Plenti’s loan portfolio
  • Completed $406 million automotive asset-backed securities (ABS) transaction in June 2023, priced attractively relative to comparable ABS transactions, reflecting strong support from a broad range of investors
  • Quarterly revenue of $46 million, 51% above PCP

Commenting on the quarter, Daniel Foggo, Plenti’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’re delighted to have delivered record quarterly loan originations, as our priority moving into the new year has been to drive strong origination growth to help us maximise the economies of scale our technology-led model offers.

“We achieved record monthly lending of over $130m in June 2023 and we expect our differentiated customer experiences to continue to attract healthy levels of demand across each of our three core lending verticals.”

Plenti’s loan portfolio, which is a key driver of revenue, increased to $1.90 billion at 30 June 2023, a 32% increase from 30 June 2022 ($1.44 billion) and an 8% increase from 31 March 2023 ($1.77 billion). The automotive loan book reached the milestone of $1 billion in April 2023.

Loan originations for the quarter totalled $332 million, 15% above the prior comparable period (PCP) and 20% above prior quarter.
Automotive loan originations were $174 million, 37% above prior quarter, reflecting the continued adoption of Plenti’s commercial loan offering as well as the benefits of a seasonally strong June.

Renewable energy loan originations were $36 million, slightly above the prior quarter but 53% above PCP. Personal loan originations were $122 million, 8% above the prior quarter, supported by the continued growth in Plenti’s direct to consumer lending.

Net interest margins on new loan originations were negatively impacted in the last 6 weeks of the quarter by higher interest rate hedging costs, due to the significant increase in market interest rate expectations and a corresponding increase in the yield curve. The increase in funding costs has now been largely passed through to average borrower rates.

In June 2023, Plenti completed a $406 million automotive loan ABS transaction which increased its total ABS issuance to over $1.7 billion and refreshed capacity in its automotive warehouse facilities. Plenti’s regular ABS issuance and the credit strength of its underlying receivables supported strong demand from both domestic and international investors.

Plenti continued to provide investors on its retail investor platform, the Plenti Lending Platform, with an ability to invest in notes issued as part of its ABS transactions via the recently launched ‘Notes Market’. As well as providing investors on the Plenti Lending Platform with access to higher investment returns and providing further diversity to Plenti’s ABS funding, the Notes Market has continued to release corporate capital, which has been invested to support growth in other funding structures.

Plenti have stated that they are track to achieve its FY24 objectives, although the increase in interest rate hedging costs experienced in the second half of the quarter will impact profitability. Cash NPAT is now expected to be around break even in 1H24.

Plenti continues to expect robust growth in full year Cash NPAT, from the $4.5 million achieved in FY23.