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ASA International Group PLC
18 November 2022
 

 

ASA International Group plc October 2022 business update

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18 November 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 31 October 2022 compared to 31 August 2022.

·    Liquidity remains high with approximately USD 71 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents across the Group, decreasing from USD 106 million in August, primarily due to loan repayments in September and October.

·    The pipeline of funding deals under negotiation totalled approximately USD 197 million.

·    With the exception of India, all other operating subsidiaries achieved collection efficiency of more than 90% with 9 countries achieving more than 95%.

·    India collections remained broadly stable at 83%. Collection efficiency, including regular and overdue collections as well as advance payments, as a percentage of the regular, realisable collections, including advance payments, decreased from 101% in August to 98% in October.

·    PAR>30 for the Group, including off-book loans and excluding loans overdue more than 365 days, increased from 6.5% in August to 6.7% in October, primarily due to the end of moratoriums in India as of June.

·    The PAR>30 for the Group's operating subsidiaries, excluding India and Myanmar, remained stable 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 4.3%.

·    Disbursements as percentage of collections exceeded 100% in 12 countries. The decreasing percentage in India was due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements.

·    With the number of clients for the Group slightly decreasing, the continuing strategic focus in India on primarily collections and the impact of currency depreciation in almost all countries, the Group's Gross OLP decreased to USD 358 million (3% lower than in August 2022 and 18% lower than in October 2021).

·    There were no moratoriums granted to clients in September and October 2022.

 

Funding

·    Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents remained high at approximately USD 71 million.

·    The Company secured approximately USD 31 million of new loans from local and international lenders in September and October 2022.

·    The majority of the Company's USD 197 million 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 31 October 2022(1)  

Countries

May/22

Jun/22

Jul/22

Aug/22

Sep/22

Oct/22

 

India

83%

85%

86%

84%

86%

 

Pakistan

100%

100%

100%

99%

99%

 

Sri Lanka

92%

89%

89%

88%

90%

 

The Philippines

99%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Myanmar

73%(2)

78%(2)

80%(2)

84%(2)

88%(2)

 

Ghana

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Nigeria

95%

96%

96%

96%

96%

 

Sierra Leone

96%

96%

96%

94%

94%

 

Tanzania

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Kenya

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Uganda

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Rwanda

97%

97%

97%

97%

97%

 

Zambia

98%

98%

98%

98%

98%

98%

 

(1) Collection efficiency refers to actual collections from clients divided by realisable 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 realisable 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 increased or remained broadly stable in all countries.

·    ASA India was closed for two weeks in October due to festivals, which impacted collections.

·    Adjusted collection efficiency in India, including regular and overdue collections as well as advance payments, as a percentage of the regular, realisable collections, including advance payments, was at 98%.

The substantial difference of this adjusted collection efficiency metric is related 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.

·    The superfloods and unusual rains in Pakistan from July until September 2022 mostly affected Sindh and Baluchistan provinces including some parts of Punjab, and mainly impacted ASA Pakistan's collections in Sindh. Although market conditions in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka remained volatile, conditions slightly improved.

  

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


 Gross OLP (in USDm)

 

 Non-overdue loans

 

 PAR>30 less PAR>180

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

India (total)

        66

           57

 52

 

62.5%

60.1%

56.4%

 

16.1%

19.5%

21.9%

Pakistan

        77

           76

 81

 

98.6%

98.4%

98.6%

 

0.2%

0.4%

0.6%

Sri Lanka

          4

             4

 4

 

76.8%

80.4%

83.7%

 

8.9%

8.1%

7.0%

Philippines

        47

           46

 46

 

97.1%

97.0%

96.7%

 

0.5%

0.5%

0.5%

Myanmar

        17

           17

 17

 

68.6%

70.0%

70.8%

 

12.5%

7.8%

5.2%

Ghana

        34

           34

 27

 

99.5%

99.5%

99.5%

 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

Nigeria

        41

           40

 40

 

91.0%

89.7%

90.1%

 

3.6%

3.5%

3.6%

Sierra Leone

          5

             5

 5

 

84.4%

86.6%

86.7%

 

4.3%

5.1%

5.5%

Tanzania

        44

           45

 47


99.4%

99.4%

99.4%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.3%

Kenya

        19

           20

 21

 

98.9%

98.9%

99.0%

 

0.4%

0.4%

0.4%

Uganda

        10

           11

 11


98.6%

98.9%

98.4%

 

0.2%

0.3%

0.3%

Rwanda

          4

             4

 4

 

94.1%

94.1%

94.1%

 

2.5%

2.4%

2.4%

Zambia

          3

             3

         3

 

95.2%

94.7%

94.3%

 

2.6%

2.6%

2.3%

Group

      370

         361

 358

 

89.5%

89.7%

89.7%

 

4.2%

4.3%

4.3%

 


 PAR>30

 

 PAR>90

 

 PAR>180

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

 

Aug-22

Sep-22

Oct-22

India (total)

20.5%

23.7%

25.9%

 

6.0%

5.8%

17.0%

 

4.4%

4.2%

4.0%

Pakistan

0.2%

0.4%

0.6%

 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Sri Lanka

12.1%

11.2%

10.2%

 

6.3%

6.3%

6.0%

 

3.2%

3.2%

3.2%

Philippines

2.2%

1.9%

1.7%

 

2.1%

1.8%

1.5%

 

1.7%

1.5%

1.2%

Myanmar

30.8%

29.5%

28.8%

 

29.4%

28.7%

28.3%

 

18.3%

21.7%

23.6%

Ghana

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

 

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

 

0.2%

0.1%

0.1%

Nigeria

6.3%

6.4%

6.6%

 

4.7%

4.7%

4.7%

 

2.7%

2.9%

3.0%

Sierra Leone

9.9%

10.1%

9.3%

 

7.8%

6.7%

5.6%

 

5.6%

5.0%

3.8%

Tanzania

0.4%

0.4%

0.4%

 

0.2%

0.3%

0.3%

 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

Kenya

0.9%

0.8%

0.8%

 

0.7%

0.6%

0.6%

 

0.5%

0.5%

0.4%

Uganda

0.8%

0.6%

0.4%

 

0.7%

0.4%

0.2%

 

0.6%

0.3%

0.1%

Rwanda

4.6%

4.4%

4.4%

 

3.3%

3.2%

3.2%

 

2.0%

2.0%

1.9%

Zambia

3.4%

3.7%

4.0%

 

2.4%

2.7%

2.9%

 

0.8%

1.2%

1.7%

Group

6.5%

6.7%

6.7%

 

3.5%

3.4%

4.9%

 

2.3%

2.4%

2.4%

 

(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 2% 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.

 














·    Due to the continuing strategic focus in India on primarily collections, Gross OLP in India further reduced to USD 52 million (21% lower than in August 2022 and 58% lower than in October 2021).

·    PAR>30 for the Group slightly increased from 6.5% in August to 6.7% in October as the portfolio quality in India decreased due to the end of moratoriums in June.

·    Credit exposure of the India off-book BC portfolio of USD 21.2m is capped at 5%. The included off-book DA portfolio of USD 1.0 million has no credit exposure.

Disbursements vs collections of loans until 31 October 2022(6)  

Countries

May/22

Jun/22

Jul/22

Aug/22

Sep/22

Oct/22

 

India

72%

42%

22%

25%

21%

10%

 

Pakistan

118%

119%

113%

112%

115%

125%

 

Sri Lanka

42%

61%

11%

93%

125%

147%

 

The Philippines

105%

104%

104%

104%

103%

103%

 

Myanmar

106%

85%

84%

95%

113%

102%

 

Ghana

112%

110%

91%

100%

110%

122%

 

Nigeria

120%

117%

100%

104%

106%

107%

 

Sierra Leone

93%

99%

84%

80%

123%

128%

 

Tanzania

120%

109%

106%

111%

109%

114%

 

Kenya

112%

92%

105%

87%

120%

115%

 

Uganda

112%

97%

97%

100%

111%

112%

 

Rwanda

129%

119%

113%

116%

118%

113%

 

Zambia

125%

133%

109%

110%

112%

109%

 

(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 12 countries. The decreasing percentage in India was due to the ongoing strategic decision to reduce disbursements.

 

Development of Clients and Outstanding Loan Portfolio until 31 October 2022


 Clients (in thousands)

 Delta

 Gross OLP (in USDm)

 Delta

Countries

Oct/21

Aug/22

Oct/22

Oct/21-Oct/22

Aug/22-Oct/22

Oct/21

Aug/22

Oct/22

Oct/21-Oct/22 USD

Oct/21-Oct/22 CC(7)

Aug/22-Oct/22 USD

India

630

417

337

-47%

-19%

124

66

52

-58%

-54%

-21%

Pakistan

495

590

605

22%

3%

76

77

81

7%

38%

4%

Sri Lanka

53

45

47

-11%

5%

8

4

4

-51%

-11%

10%

The Philippines

345

321

327

-5%

2%

55

47

46

-15%

-3%

-1%

Myanmar

116

104

105

-9%

1%

20

17

17

-12%

3%

2%

Ghana

149

170

171

15%

1%

47

34

27

-44%

29%

-21%

Nigeria

253

242

241

-5%

-1%

37

41

40

9%

16%

0%

Sierra Leone

43

37

37

-14%

1%

7

5

5

-31%

9%

-8%

Tanzania

161

204

211

31%

4%

31

44

47

51%

53%

6%

Kenya

121

134

140

16%

5%

19

19

21

10%

20%

10%

Uganda

84

105

108

28%

2%

10

10

11

16%

24%

8%

Rwanda

17

20

21

19%

4%

3

4

4

34%

42%

6%

Zambia

12

20

21

84%

6%

2

3

3

102%

89%

4%

Total

2,479

2,409

2,371

-4%

-2%

438

370

358

-18%

1.2%

-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 for the Group slightly decreasing, the continuing strategic focus in India on primarily collections and the impact of currency depreciation in almost all countries, the Group's Gross OLP decreased to USD 358 million (3% lower than in August 2022 and 18% lower than in October 2021).



 

Key events in November 2022

·    Other than the existing partial curfews in Myanmar, the Company is not aware of any further restrictions implemented in its operating countries up until 17 November 2022.

 

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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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