S & U PLC - AGM Statement and Trading Update
("S&U" or "the Group")
AGM Statement and Trading Update
S&U, the motor finance and bridging lender, issues a trading update for the period
Advantage Finance, S&U's motor finance business, continues to trade well with profits up on last year, whilst customer numbers now exceed 60,000 for the first time. Advantage's continuing policy of focussing on debt quality is proving its worth in light of current economic uncertainty, with current collections up 6% compared to net receivables, at
These healthy indicators are also reflected in the record number of applications for finance that Advantage is currently receiving, averaging over 108,000 per month. This has meant that, even within the tightened under-writing regime, recent transaction volumes and quality as recorded in tiered tranches are showing improvement.
Aspen Finance, S&U's new property bridging lender, continues to make impressive progress. Its loan book now stands at £22m against £18m at year end, as its product range, introducer network and reputation continue to grow. This is evidenced in both the number of its recent illustrations and, most importantly, in its active deal pipeline, which is at a record level and has doubled over the period.
The Group's current progress has been reflected since year-end in an increase in Group borrowing from
Commenting on S&U's trading and outlook,
"Recent trends in our business are encouraging, particularly in transaction growth, debt and new customer quality. Together with our tried and tested traditional emphasis on continuous process refinements and improvements for our customers, these give us confidence of further steady and sustainable growth and a successful year ahead."
Anthony Coombs, Chairman 0121 705 7777
Bob Huxford, Tom Carnegie, Megan Kovach 020 7653 9848
Adrian Trimmings, Andrew Buchanan, Rishi Shah 020 7418 8900
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