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Record result for UDC Finance

UDC CEO Wayne Percival

UDC Finance has posted a record net profit after tax of $61.6 million for the year to 30 September 2017, a 5 per cent increase on the previous financial year.

Total lending increased 13 per cent to $2.91 billion. Motor vehicle lending increased by 28 per cent, up $261 million, commercial lending and equipment dealer lending both increased by 4 and 7 per cent, respectively.

“UDC has delivered another very good result, reflecting growth in our loan portfolio across a range of industries, continued improvement in credit quality and careful management of costs,” said UDC CEO Wayne Percival.

“Continued strength of the economy has seen record new car sales, healthy investment in new equipment in agriculture, forestry, construction and business services. Our focus remains on our core business of financing these requirements and understanding the needs of our customers.

“This momentum has continued, with UDC’s loan book passing $3 billion at the start of November.”

Revenue increased by $3.6 million, a growth of 3 per cent compared to the full 2016 year. Underlying revenue growth from lending has been even stronger, but this was offset by the cost of funds, lower prepayment revenue and lower fee income.

Costs remained under control, increasing only 3% during the year. Increased efficiencies have resulted in cost-to-income reducing to 26.1%.

Provisioned expenses of $5.9 million is a decrease of $1.5 million (-20%) on FY16. The overall quality of the lending book remains strong and there have been no individually significant write-offs in the period.

At $1.039 billion, debenture funding remains an important part of the funding mix but has declined by 35% from the prior year.

ANZ has increased the level of funding support with the limit on the facility increased to $2.7 billion effective from 13 November 2017.

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ANZ sells UDC

ANZ Bank has sold its asset finance division – UDC for $660 million.

UDC has been purchased by a Chinese conglomerate called HNZ Group, which owns airlines, hotels and other financial services firms.

ANZ New Zealand chief executive David Hisco says the sale followed a strategic review and was in line with ANZ’s strategy to simplify its business and focus on its core banking activities.

“We’re extremely proud of what our teams have achieved over the years providing specialist asset-based finance to New Zealand businesses for plant, vehicles and equipment,” says Hisco.

“HNA is well placed to invest in specialist asset finance products and systems which will help UDC expand further in the future”.

HNA intends to preserve UDC’s operations, offering ongoing employment to all existing UDC employees and maintaining existing customer lending.

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Profit for UDC

UDC Finance has posted a record net profit after tax of $58.5 million for the year to September 30, 2016.

This is a three per cent increase on the previous financial year.

A key contributor to the result was strong lending growth across a diverse range of industries, improved credit quality and a focus on containing costs.

“During 2016 UDC helped customers throughout New Zealand – particularly in the motor vehicles, forestry, transport and construction sectors – take advantage of sustained economic growth and strong business opportunities,” said Wayne Percival, UDC’s CEO.

“The housing and infrastructure build across New Zealand, along with record new car sales, created robust demand for our asset financing expertise, and drove the good result for our business.

“Strong competition among banks for quality lending and deposits put pressure on margins. However, that is now stabilising and with good lending growth we are well positioned heading into the new financial year.”

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