S&U, the motor finance and property bridging lender, has issued a trading update between 7 December 2018 to the Group’s year-end on 31 January 2019.

S&U said trading remains “satisfactory” and full year results are in line with consensus expectations, “despite current political and consumer uncertainties.”

S&U’s final results will be announced on the 26 March 2019.

S&U said Advantage Finance, its motor finance subsidiary, had produced record profits in the quarter despite greater competitive conditions and the seasonal slowdown in the motor finance market being more pronounced than usual this year.

The number of new Advantage finance agreements for the financial year were at their second-highest ever level and the lender said applications for motor finance remain strong.

Debt quality was consistent with, and beginning to respond to, the underwriting changes made earlier in the year and monthly collections in January exceeded £12m for the first time.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Following the slower recent transaction levels, net motor finance receivables at year end were c.4% up on last year whilst total “live” accounts were up 9% on last year at just over 59,000.

Used car values and volumes, including those of modern diesel vehicles, continue to outperform the new market both in the franchise dealer and independent retailer sectors, said Advantage.  This, coupled with further investment in Advantage products and distribution systems, should provide a firm base of demand for renewed growth for the business in transactions for the coming year.

Commenting on the Group’s performance and outlook, Anthony Coombs, S&U Chairman, said: “Over the past 25 years, S&U has consistently demonstrated its ability to adapt to the kinds of economic and political uncertainty we all currently face. I am therefore confident that this sound experience, our strong financial base and the skills of those who work for us will serve to underpin the Group’s success in the future.”