Transaction Capital’s results a sobering window into SA’s economic plight

We be taught from Transaction Capital’s results for the 12 months to September 2020 that 77% of unsecured loans throughout the financial system are overdue, as are 23% of auto and mortgage loans.

These ought to be horrifying figures to anybody paying consideration, and present the devastation brought on by the lockdown. With SA’s unsecured lending valued at simply over R300 billion, and mortgage and automobile loans at R1.4 trillion, that’s a sizeable proportion of monetary sector belongings now in some stage of misery. Part of this may be accounted for by the compensation holidays prolonged by the banks in the beginning of the lockdown in March this 12 months.


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What’s additionally alarming is the plight of the ultra-poor, outlined as these households dwelling on lower than R8 000 a month.

Figures from University of Cape Town’s Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing present the variety of ultra-poor adults has climbed to 77% from 56% of the inhabitants in simply over three years.

Transaction Capital’s enterprise – centered round financing and servicing minibus taxis, debt assortment and extra just lately the used automobile enterprise, following the acquisition of 49.9% of WeBuyCars – withstood the Covid lockdown with some dignity. For the 5 years to September 2019, the corporate delivered blistering compound annual progress of 23%. That pattern was interrupted by the occasions of the previous couple of months with a 66% drop in core headline earnings per share.

Read: Transaction Capital swoops on WeBuyCars

Though the poor have been hardest hit by Covid, they’re additionally least prone to qualify for credit score.

Non-performing loans might improve

Transaction Capital’s CEO David Hurwitz says assortment charges on non-performing loans are again to roughly 90% of pre-Covid ranges. “At the beginning of the lockdown, the banks had been primarily centered on offering debt aid to clients. We noticed little or no proof of consumers being handed over to their authorized departments, however we anticipate to see a rise in non-performing loans popping out of the banking sector.

“Our experience is that there has been a rather sharp recovery in customers’ ability to service outstanding loans.”

There are 27 million credit-active customers in SA, of which nearly 40% or 10 million had impaired credit score information in June 2020.

Transaction Capital’s Consumer Credit Rehabilitation Index (CCRI), which measures South African customers’ propensity to repay debt, had deteriorated 3.4% at September 2020 in contrast with the prior 12 months. This was the most important annual decline for the reason that CCRI’s inception in June 2017.

“The 2.2 million jobs lost in the second quarter of 2020 alone, will escalate economic strain in the consumer sector with concomitant reductions in credit extension and retail sales,” says the Transaction Capital results assertion.

The economic outlook for the approaching years provides little trigger for optimism.

SA Taxi, WeBuyCars

“The recovery of South Africa’s fragile economy is in any event likely to lag that of the global economy, with GDP only expected to reach 2019 levels by 2024, says the results commentary for the 2020 financial year. “Although SA Taxi, (Transaction Capital Risk Services (debt collection) and WeBuyCars are well placed to return to their long-term track records for growth, further sharp downturns in socioeconomic conditions in South Africa remain the primary downside risk to our expectations for growth and returns in the years ahead.”

Transaction Capital is arguably the most important taxi-focused enterprise within the nation, offering finance, insurance coverage, auto repairs and loyalty programmes to taxi operators. Hurwitz instructed Moneyweb the R1.8 billion buy of a half-share in WeBuyCars was executed with velocity when it turned clear that South Africans confronted with decrease disposable incomes would change from buying new to used automobiles.

This was a prescient transfer: WeBuyCars elevated month-to-month gross sales to greater than 6 250 within the final three months, up from 5 900 in the beginning of the 12 months.

This will make a substantial contribution to earnings going ahead.

The SA Taxi division provided compensation holidays to taxi house owners in the beginning of the lockdown, and longer aid measures to some 3 000 taxi purchasers engaged in long-distance journey, which had been prohibited from working within the early months of the lockdown. The value of this aid was about R400 million.

Listen: CEO David Hurwitz on Transaction Capital’s results, and the R400m cost aid to taxi purchasers

Here are a number of the spotlight from the results:

  • SA Taxi’s gross loans and advances guide grew 14% to R12.2 billion, comprising 32 890 loans. The variety of loans originated was 27% decrease than final 12 months.
  • Debt assortment income in SA and Australia grew 14%. Collection ranges within the second half of the 12 months had been solely 15% decrease than the pre-Covid benchmark.
  • Impairment of loans and advances elevated to R836 million for the 12 months (from R322 million the prior 12 months).
  • Profit for the 12 months was R203 million (down from R787 million for the prior 12 months).
  • Core headline earnings per share declined 66% to 44.3 cents.
  • Core pre-provision revenue elevated 10% to R1.8 billion
  • The group expects to return to double-digit progress within the coming monetary 12 months.


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