Advantage Finance, S & U's specialist motor finance provider, has seen active customer numbers rise from 49,000 at the end of July to 53,000, while net customer receivables have risen above £240mln for the first time – up from nearly £227mln in July.
Monthly collections and overall credit quality remain good, S & U said. The impairment-to-revenue percentage has increased slightly to 23.4% on a rolling 12-months basis, which the company ascribed primarily to the overall portfolio product mix.
The relatively new bridging loan operation, Aspen Finance, is still in the pilot phase but has made significant progress.
The loan book has increased to £9mln from £2mln in July, while margins and loan-to-value ratios are within budget.
"Whatever the current political uncertainty, particularly over Brexit, and despite a forecast slowing economy, demand for S & U's products remains very robust. Our selective lending and continuous refinement of our under-writing underpin our debt quality and produce steady sustainable growth,” said S & U’s chairman, Anthony Coombs.
"I am pleased to see this seemingly becoming more widely recognised within the investing community; we will continue our high standards of responsible lending and the excellent performance which results from this," he added.