Credit Corp: Stay tuned in
About the author:
- Author name:
- By Scott Murdoch
- Job title:
- Senior Analyst
- Date posted:
- 02 December 2021, 9:00 AM
- Sectors Covered:
- Diversified Financials, Professional Services
- Credit Corp (ASX:CCP) has acquired the Radio Rentals consumer leasing assets from TGA for ~A$45m, funded via cash.
- The acquisition is primarily of the existing lease book, which is expected to produce CCP’s targeted return. The business operating assets will also be acquired.
- We expect CCP will achieve solid returns on the outlay for the receivables book over FY22-24, with the optionality of adding a further customer acquisition channel in the consumer lending division.
- Add maintained. CCP’s earnings capacity is significantly higher based on its well established USA business. Significant balance sheet capacity remains (~A$50m net cash by FY22-end), providing further acquisition upside.
Another acquisition from TGA
CCP announced the acquisition of Radio Rentals from TGA for A$60m (cash outlay A$45m). CCP stated the consideration is predominantly attributable to the existing lease receivables book and we expect no intangible value has been ascribed.
CCP has previously stated plans to commence operations in the ‘online retail instalment segment’. The acquisition will give CCP an ‘option’ to accelerate these plans with an established customer base, online system and supply chain arrangements.
We expect CCP to restructure the business with rebranding and product changes (consumer leasing has been subject to high regulatory scrutiny). If successful, the retail segment provides another customer acquisition channel for CCP’s consumer lending offering.
At a minimum, we expect CCP will achieve its targeted return (~16-18% ROE) on the realisation of the existing consumer lease book.
Balance sheet strength provides further upside
Post the acquisition, we forecast CCP to have net cash of A$52m (FY22-end). Including debt capacity, total funding capacity is ~A$350m.
CCP has historically acquired PDL/lending books - within their area of competency. Whilst this is niche and somewhat limits opportunities, it also typically limits competition.
Further acquisitions provide upside risk to medium-term forecasts. We see the potential for further ‘book’ acquisitions in FY22/23.
CCP upgraded FY22 guidance and stated the investment provides additional momentum for increased growth into FY23.
Adding the acquisition in as a PDL, FY22 PDL acquisition guidance increased to A$280-300m (from A$220-240m). NPAT guidance is upgraded to A$92-97m (from A$85-95m); and EPS to 137-144c (from 126-141c).Guidance was upgraded by ~5% at the mid-point.
Our forecasts previously sat slightly ahead of guidance. We upgrade FY22 NPAT to A$98.7m (+3% and ~2% ahead of guidance); and FY23 to A$112.9m (+4.8%).
Add maintained; USA opportunity + balance sheet strength
Add rating maintained.
We view CCP as having a visible medium-term growth profile: we expect AUS PDL supply to improve over FY23 (with the potential for larger transactions / an acquisition to assist); we expect CCP to capitalise on the market share opportunity in the USA; and a rebound in consumer lending.
CCP’s balance sheet position provides upside risk to near-term (FY23) earnings, with further acquisitions possible.
Capital deployment via large inventory purchase; USA PDLs or acquisitions.
Extended Covid-related lockdowns, causing debt sale/collection moratoriums. Structural industry change impacting supply; reputational risks; regulatory risks. Capital deployment via large inventory purchase; USA PDLs or acquisitions.
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