Hardman & Co Research: FY18: carefully controlled, sustainable growth
The FY18 results saw adjusted pre-tax profits £1m and statutory profits £2.7m ahead of our expectations. MCL has focused resources on optimising the potential from the market leader's self-inflicted woes and so increased its agent franchise by over 20%, adding high-quality customers. This focus meant that, despite the strong lending growth, impairments as a percentage of revenue fell in 2H on 1H. Historical conservative provisioning sees the conversion to IFRS9 having a much smaller impact on receivables than peers. New business streams are being introduced to continue growth. Our range of valuation methodologies is currently 171-197p.
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