Provident Financial is 'prudently positioned' to deal with rising inflation

The specialist bank Provident Financial today said it was 'prudently positioned' to deal with rising inflation as it provided a quarterly trading update.

Malcolm Le May, chief executive officer, said the group continued to trade in-line with management’s expectations during the first quarter of 2022.

He added: " This performance reflects the work that we have carried out over the last two years to reposition PFG towards the near-prime and mid-cost segment of the market.

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"Underpinned by its strong balance sheet and risk management framework, PFG remains prudently positioned for the current inflationary environment in the UK and will continue to support its customers through additional support and increased communication.

The specialist bank Provident Financial today said it was 'prudently positioned' to deal with rising inflation as it provided a trading update for the first quarter.

"Currently, for the first quarter of 2022 and April, we have seen no discernible negative impact on our customers as a result of higher living costs. For the remainder of 2022, we will focus on cementing PFG’s place as a leading specialist bank whilst continuing to provide our customers with access to credit products not generally available to them elsewhere.”

In a statement, the group said: "The group continued to trade in-line with management’s expectations during the first three months of the year, and remains on track to meet market expectations for 2022.

"The group’s credit card business experienced a recovery in customer spend patterns to 2019 levels and delinquency trends remained stable and consistent with Q4’21. New customer bookings increased by approximately 25% year-on-year despite the tighter underwriting standards introduced during 2021. Receivables at the end of Q1’22 were broadly consistent with FY’21."

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Provident said the group’s vehicle finance business continued to see a buoyant second hand vehicle market during the first quarter while credit issued was broadly flat year-on-year.

The statement added: "Arrears rates reduced slightly from their seasonal highs in the fourth quarter, and the business continued to see elevated levels of early customer settlements driven by second hand car pricing dynamics. As a result, receivables were broadly flat versus FY’21.

"The group’s personal loans business saw open market loan volumes continue to track ahead of expectations, demonstrating strong underlying demand from customers. As a result, receivables ended the period slightly ahead of FY’21. It is anticipated that the open market pilot phase will conclude at the half year and PFG will provide a further update with its H1’22 results."