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Morses Club PLC
02 December 2021
 

2 December 2021

Morses Club PLC

Issue of Equity

 

Morses Club PLC ("Morses Club", or the "Company"), an established provider of non-standard financial services, announces the issue and allotment of 798,728 new ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the Company (the "New Ordinary Shares") pursuant to the issue of shares under its Share Incentive Plan and the vesting of awards under the Company's share option schemes.

Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for the 798,728 New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM ("Admission"). It is expected that Admission will occur at 8.00 a.m. on 3 December 2021. The New Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares in the Company.

Following Admission, the Company's enlarged issued ordinary share capital and total number of voting rights will be 134,431,518 ordinary shares. The Company does not hold any shares in treasury.  

The above figure of 134,431,518 may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company under the FCA's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

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For further information please contact:

 

Morses Club PLC                                             
Paul Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Graeme Campbell, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 330 045 0719

Peel Hunt (Nomad)
Andrew Buchanan / Rishi Shah / Sam Milford (Investment Banking Division)

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Camarco
Jennifer Renwick / Jake Thomas

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3757 4994

 

Notes to Editors

About Morses Club

Morses Club is an established provider of non-standard financial services in the UK. The Group consists of Morses Club, the UK's largest home collected credit ("HCC") provider1, and Shelby Finance Limited, Morses Club's Digital division, which operates under two online brands, Dot Dot Loans, an online lending provider, and U Account, which offers online e-money current accounts. The Group's growing Digital capabilities and scalable, highly invested IT platform has enabled Morses Club to deliver an increasingly broad range of financial products and services to the non-standard credit market.

UK HCC is considered to be a specialised segment of the broader UK non-standard credit market. UK HCC loans are typically small, unsecured cash loans delivered directly to customers' homes. Repayments are collected in person during weekly follow-up visits to customers' homes.

Morses Club's HCC division is the largest UK Home Collected Credit (HCC) lender1 with 144,000 customers throughout the UK.   The HCC division enjoys consistently high customer satisfaction scores of 98%2. In 2016, the Morses Club Card, a cashless lending product, was introduced and in 2019 the Company introduced an online customer portal for its HCC customers, which now has over 108,000 registered customers.

The Group's growing Digital division, Shelby Finance, operates under two online brands. Dot Dot Loans provides online instalment loans of up to 48 months to c. 47,000 active customers. U Account is a leading digital current account provider offering an alternative to traditional banking by providing a fully functional agency banking service. U Account currently has c. 5,000 customers.

Morses Club listed on AIM in May 2016.

About the UK non-standard credit market

The UK non-standard credit market, of which UK HCC is a subset, consists of both secured and unsecured lending and is estimated to comprise around 10 million consumers3 and total loan receivables of £9.6bn4.

Non-standard credit is the provision of secured and unsecured credit to consumers other than through mainstream lenders. Lenders providing non-standard credit principally lend on an unsecured basis and the market is characterised by high frequency borrowing. Approximately 2 million people move annually between standard and non-standard markets4.

Since February 2014, unsecured personal lending has grown from £161 billion to £225 billion in February 2020. It has since contracted to £197 billion in August 20215.

1 Based on Net Loan Book of £45.3m as at 28 August 2021

2 Independent Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted by Mustard
3 FCA High Cost Credit Review Technical Annex 1: CRA data analysis of UK personal debt - July 2017
4 Apex Insight - Non-Prime Consumer Credit: UK Market Insight Report - December 2020
5 Table A5.2, Bank of England Money and Credit Bank stats August 2021

 

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