24 November 2020
Expected to finish 2020 strongly and upgraded outlook to AEBITDA profitable in H2
Embargoed until 7.00am, 24 November 2020
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Funding Circle Holdings plc ("Funding Circle"), today issues the following trading update.
Since our half year results we have continued to see high demand from small businesses to borrow and investors to purchase loans on the Funding Circle platform. As a result, in the four months ended 30 October total income for the Group was up 38% year on year.
This acceleration has been driven by strong momentum in the UK with total income up 67% year on year in the four months to 30 October. In total, we have approved c.£1.85 billion and originated c.£1.35 billion of CBILS loans as at 15 November 2020, representing c.24% share of the number of loans approved since we began participating in CBILS.
In the US, total income was up 10% year on year in the four months to 30 October, driven by investment income. With the timing around any future economic stimulus uncertain, we continue to work with other lenders in the market on our US referral model and we expect to relaunch our core lending product when conditions allow.
Since the start of the second national lockdown in the UK we have not seen any material impact in the number of borrowers making payments so far.
The economic environment remains uncertain and as highlighted at our HY results, we continue to expect a period of significant stress going forward. As a result of the strong performance to date, we expect H2 2020 total income to be ahead of H1 2020 and c.20% higher for the full year compared to 2019. Half on half cost reductions are expected to be less than the 15% originally guided to due to profitable additional marketing spend associated with higher volumes. We now expect to be AEBITDA profitable in H2, materially ahead of previous guidance of close to breakeven set out at our HY results.
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About Funding Circle:
Funding Circle (LSE: FCH) is a small and medium enterprise ("SME") loans platform. Since launching in 2010, investors and lenders across Funding Circle's geographies - including retail investors, banks, specialty finance companies asset management companies, insurance companies, government-backed entities and funds - have lent approximately £10 billion to 90,000 businesses globally.
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