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ASA International Group PLC
17 May 2022
 

   

ASA International Group plc April 2022 business update


Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17 May 2022 - ASA International, ('ASA International', the 'Company' or the 'Group'), one of the world's largest international microfinance institutions, today provides the following update on its business operations as at 30 April 2022.


·    Liquidity remains high with approximately USD 105m of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents across the Group.

·    The pipeline of funding deals under negotiation totalled approximately USD 196m.

·    With the exception of India and Myanmar, all other operating subsidiaries continued to achieve collection efficiency of more than 90% with 8 countries achieving more than 95%.

·    India collections improved from 81% to 83%, despite the substantial overdue collections and moratoriums provided to clients. Collection efficiency, excluding instalments due from clients receiving the one-time loan restructuring offered by the Reserve Bank of India ('RBI'), however decreased from 116% to 111%.

·    The benchmark PAR>30 for the Group, including off-book loans and excluding loans overdue more than 365 days, slightly decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%.

·    The PAR>30 for the Group's operating subsidiaries, excluding India and Myanmar, remained at 1.9%.

·    Excluding all loans which have been overdue for more than 180 days and, as a result, have been fully provided for, PAR>30 remained broadly stable at 4.4% from 4.6%.

·    Disbursements as percentage of collections exceeded 100% in 10 countries. The decreasing percentage in India is primarily due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements while political unrest in Myanmar and Sri Lanka led to the country operations curtailing disbursements as a precaution.

·    With the number of clients broadly stable at 2.4m, despite the continuing strategic focus in India on only collections, the Gross OLP slightly increased to USD 418m (0.3 % higher than in March 2022 and 13% lower than in April 2021).

·    The moratorium amount decreased from USD 21.7m to USD 20.1m, and is composed of the restructured loans of certain distressed clients in India as per the RBI guidelines. No other operating subsidiary granted moratoriums.

 

Funding

·    Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents remained high at approximately USD 105m.

·    The Company secured approximately USD 17m of new loans from local and international lenders in April 2022.

·    The majority of the Company's USD 196m pipeline of future wholesale loans are supported by agreed term sheets and/or draft loan documentation. The terms and conditions of the remaining loans are being negotiated with lenders.



Collection efficiency until 30 April 2022(1)  

Countries

Nov/21

Dec/21

Jan/22

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

India

69%

74%

76%

76%

81%

83%

 

Pakistan

99%

99%

99%

100%

100%

100%

 

Sri Lanka

92%

94%

93%

93%

94%

93%

 

The Philippines

97%

97%

98%

98%

99%

99%

 

Myanmar

75%

78%

78%

72%

72%

72%

 

Ghana

99%

99%

99%

99%

100%

100%

 

Nigeria

97%

96%

95%

96%

96%

95%

 

Sierra Leone

92%

92%

92%

92%

94%

94%

 

Kenya

100%

100%

99%

100%

100%

100%

 

Uganda

98%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Tanzania

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Rwanda

97%

97%

97%

97%

97%

97%

 

Zambia

99%

99%

100%

100%

98%

98%

 

(1) Collection efficiency refers to actual collections from clients divided by realizable collections for the period. It is calculated as follows: the sum of actual regular collections, actual overdue collections and actual advance payments divided by the sum of realizable regular collections, actual overdue collections and actual advance payments. Under this definition collection efficiency cannot exceed 100%.

(2) Collections are impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and civil unrest in some areas of our operations.


·    Collection efficiency across the Group increased or remained broadly stable compared to the previous month in all countries.

·   Collections in India improved to 83%, despite the substantial overdue collections and moratoriums provided to clients. Collection efficiency, excluding instalments due from clients receiving the one-time loan restructuring, however decreased from 116% to 111%.

·   Collection efficiency in India, including regular and overdue collections as well as advance payments, decreased from 113% to 109% as a percentage of the regular, realisable collections, including advance payments. The substantial difference is due to the Group's policy that any loan instalment paid is first credited against the oldest outstanding amount overdue. This has an adverse impact on India's monthly collection efficiency, which is further aggravated by the relatively long duration of the loans disbursed in India. This adjusted collection efficiency metric illustrates that most clients in India continue to make payments on their loans due.



Loan portfolio quality up to and including April 2022(3, 4, 5)  


 Gross OLP (in USDm)

 

 Non-overdue loans

 

 PAR>30 less PAR>180

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

India (total)

 107

 103

 98

 

69.7%

70.1%

70.7%

 

10.2%

9.3%

8.6%

Pakistan

 83

 83

 84

 

99.7%

99.7%

99.7%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Sri Lanka

 8

 6

 5

 

85.9%

86.7%

86.1%

 

4.1%

4.0%

4.2%

Philippines

 47

 47

 48

 

95.7%

96.3%

96.6%

 

1.9%

1.6%

1.4%

Myanmar

 21

 21

 20

 

58.5%

57.7%

61.8%

 

22.7%

29.3%

33.3%

Ghana

 44

 41

 43

 

99.3%

99.3%

99.4%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Nigeria

 37

 37

 38

 

90.6%

90.3%

89.8%

 

3.6%

3.9%

3.9%

Sierra Leone

 7

 7

 7

 

71.1%

65.8%

78.4%

 

7.1%

6.8%

6.7%

Kenya

 18

 18

 20

 

98.6%

98.6%

98.7%

 

0.6%

0.5%

0.5%

Uganda

 10

 11

 11

 

91.7%

92.9%

93.7%

 

0.9%

0.4%

0.2%

Tanzania

 37

 38

 40

 

99.1%

99.1%

99.1%

 

0.1%

0.2%

0.1%

Rwanda

 3

 3

 3

 

92.4%

93.1%

93.2%

 

3.2%

3.1%

3.1%

Zambia

 2

 2

 2

 

97.7%

96.8%

95.8%

 

0.8%

1.1%

1.6%

Group

 424

 417

 418

 

87.7%

87.9%

89.0%

 

4.6%

4.6%

4.4%

 


 PAR>30

 

 PAR>90

 

 PAR>180

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

17.1%

15.4%

14.3%

 

9.9%

8.7%

7.9%

 

6.9%

6.2%

5.7%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

 

6.9%

6.6%

6.9%

 

4.3%

4.2%

4.6%

 

2.8%

2.6%

2.6%

 

2.7%

2.8%

2.8%

 

2.0%

2.1%

2.3%

 

0.8%

1.2%

1.4%

 

23.3%

29.8%

33.8%

 

0.9%

1.0%

14.4%

 

0.5%

0.5%

0.4%

 

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

5.8%

6.2%

6.2%

 

3.8%

4.0%

4.1%

 

2.2%

2.3%

2.3%

 

9.5%

9.5%

9.8%

 

6.2%

6.8%

7.5%

 

2.4%

2.7%

3.1%

 

1.1%

1.0%

0.9%

 

0.8%

0.7%

0.7%

 

0.5%

0.4%

0.4%

 

2.4%

2.0%

1.7%

 

2.3%

1.9%

1.6%

 

1.4%

1.6%

1.6%

 

0.4%

0.4%

0.4%

 

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

 

0.3%

0.2%

0.2%

 

5.1%

5.1%

4.9%

 

3.3%

3.5%

3.3%

 

1.9%

2.0%

1.8%

 

Zambia

1.1%

1.4%

1.9%

 

0.5%

0.6%

0.8%

 

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

 

6.8%

6.7%

6.3%

 

3.5%

3.1%

3.5%

 

2.2%

2.1%

1.9%

 

 

(3)  Gross OLP includes the off-book BC and DA model, excluding interest receivable and before deducting ECL provisions and modification loss.

(4)  PAR>x is the percentage of outstanding customer loans with at least one instalment payment overdue x days, excluding loans more than 365 days overdue, to Gross OLP including off-book loans. Loans overdue more than 365 days now comprise 3% of the Gross OLP.

(5)  The table "PAR>30 less PAR>180" shows the percentage of outstanding client loans with a PAR greater than 30 days, less those loans which have been fully provided for.


·    PAR>30 for the Group slightly decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%.

·    Credit exposure of the India off-book BC portfolio of USD 33.8m is capped at 5%. The included off-book DA portfolio of USD 1.5m has no credit exposure.

 

Disbursements vs collections of loans until 30 April 2022(6)  

Countries

Nov/21

Dec/21

Jan/22

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 

India

85%

88%

78%

65%

62%

52%

 

Pakistan

98%

100%

100%

96%

100%

117%

 

Sri Lanka

100%

113%

70%

115%

122%

55%

 

The Philippines

90%

81%

80%

93%

104%

112%

 

Myanmar

90%

95%

99%

99%

116%

77%

 

Ghana

114%

108%

74%

110%

115%

118%

 

Nigeria

134%

93%

71%

98%

98%

110%

 

Sierra Leone

112%

110%

97%

102%

113%

105%

 

Kenya

103%

55%

95%

101%

113%

125%

 

Uganda

121%

69%

81%

112%

118%

122%

 

Tanzania

109%

107%

114%

112%

110%

130%

 

Rwanda

105%

98%

65%

80%

107%

112%

 

Zambia

111%

109%

76%

80%

109%

116%

 

(6) Disbursements vs collections refers to actual loan disbursements made to clients divided by total amounts collected from clients in the period.

 

·    Disbursements as percentage of collections exceeded 100% in 10 countries. The decreasing percentage in India was due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements while political unrest in Myanmar and Sri Lanka led to the country operations curtailing disbursements as a precaution.

 

Development of Clients and Outstanding Loan Portfolio until 30 April 2022


 Clients (in thousands)

 Delta

 Gross OLP (in USDm)

 Delta

Countries

Apr/21

Mar/22

Apr/22

Apr/21-Apr/22

Mar/22-April/22

Apr/21

Mar/22

Apr/22

Apr/21-Apr/22 USD

Apr/21-Apr/22 CC (7)

Mar/22-Apr/22 USD

India

736

476

465

-37%

-2%

175

103

98

-44%

-42%

-5%

Pakistan

454

541

552

22%

2%

76

83

84

11%

34%

1%

Sri Lanka

56

52

51

-9%

-3%

9

6

5

-48%

-7%

-21%

The Philippines

325

299

303

-7%

1%

54

47

48

-11%

-4%

2%

Myanmar

123

112

110

-11%

-2%

26

21

20

-23%

-8%

-7%

Ghana

157

162

164

4%

1%

47

41

43

-9%

19%

4%

Nigeria

257

241

237

-8%

-2%

34

37

38

13%

23%

4%

Sierra Leone

39

42

41

4%

-2%

5

7

7

22%

49%

-4%

Kenya

109

123

127

17%

3%

16

18

20

25%

35%

7%

Uganda

85

95

96

14%

2%

9

11

11

26%

25%

7%

Tanzania

137

190

195

42%

3%

25

38

40

59%

59%

6%

Rwanda

18

18

18

-1%

-1%

3

3

3

21%

25%

2%

Zambia

9

16

17

88%

4%

1

2

2

253%

169%

10%

Total

2.505

2.368

2.375

-5%

0,30%

479

417

418

-13%

-2%

0,3%

 

(7) Constant currency ('CC') implies conversion of local currency results to USD with the exchange rate from the beginning of the period.

·    With the number of clients broadly stable at 2.4m, despite the continuing strategic focus in India on only collections, Gross OLP slightly increased to USD 418m (0.3 % higher than in March 2022 and 13% lower than in April 2021).

 

Selected moratoriums(8) on loan repayments until 30 April 2022


 Clients under moratorium (in thousands)

 

Countries

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

As % of Total Clients

India

205

205

205

44%

Group

205

205

205

9%

 


 Moratorium amounts (USD thousands)

 


Countries

Feb/22

Mar/22

Apr/22

 April Moratoriums as % of OLP

 As % of Total Moratoriums

India

23.5

21.5

20.0

21%

100%

Group

23.5

21.5

20.0

5%

100%

(8) Moratoriums relate to clients who have received an extension for the payment of one or more loan instalments during the month.

·    Moratoriums on loan repayments relate to approximately 44% of clients in India, who accepted to benefit from the one-time debt restructuring scheme established by the RBI and confirmed in September 2021, which ends in June 2022. See RBI Covid-19 Restructuring Guidelines.

·    The moratorium amount across the Group decreased to USD 20.1m, which represents 5% of the Group's Gross OLP.

 

Key events in May 2022

·    In Sri Lanka nationwide curfews have been imposed by the government due to ongoing civil and political protests. The Sri Lanka operations have implemented certain measures including restricting loan sizes in order to prevent clients from over-borrowing due to the economic crisis.

·   Other than the existing partial lockdown and curfews in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the Company is not aware of any further restrictions implemented in its operating countries as a result of the emergence of the Omicron variant up until 16 May 2022.

 

 

Enquiries:

ASA International Group plc

Investor Relations                                                                                                                        +31 6 2030 0139

Véronique Schyns                                                                                           vschyns@asa-international.com

 

About ASA International Group plc

ASA International Group plc (ASAI: LN) is one of the world's largest international microfinance institutions, with a strong commitment to financial inclusion and socioeconomic progress. The company provides small, socially responsible loans to low-income, financially underserved entrepreneurs, predominantly women, across South Asia, South East Asia, West and East Africa.

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