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Equals Group PLC

08 December 2021

 For immediate release   8 December 2021 

Equals Group plc

('Equals' or the 'Group')

Trading Update

'Results exceed full year expectations'

'Past investment drives growth across the platform and delivers record revenues'

Equals (AIM:EQLS) , the fintech payments group focused on the SME marketplace, is pleased to announce that is has significantly exceeded full-year expectations for both revenues and Adjusted EBITDA and is accordingly providing the market with a trading update for the period from 1 January 2021 to 6 December 2021 (the 'year to date') and 1 October 2021 to 6 December 2021 (the 'Period').

Group revenue for the year to date was GBP40.4 million compared to GBP26.8 million for the same period in 2020 - an increase of 51%.

Group revenue for the Period was GBP11.6 million compared to GBP5.7 million for the same period last year - an increase of 105%.

As announced on 28 October 2021, both the year to date and the Period benefitted from a material international payments transaction for a large corporate client that generated revenue of GBP1.5 million.

The table below provides more detail on the revenues:

 GBP000's                     Year to date                         Period 
                         2021      2020   % change         2021     2020   % change 
-------------------  --------  --------  ---------      -------  -------  --------- 
  Material trade        1,513         0                   1,513        0 
 All other 
  related revenues     35,743    24,168       +48%        9,496    5,165       +84% 
  revenues              3,160     2,655       +19%          597      504       +18% 
-------------------  --------  --------  ---------      -------  -------  --------- 
 Total revenues        40,416    26,823       +51%       11,606    5,669      +105% 
-------------------  --------  --------  ---------      -------  -------  --------- 
 Ex material 
  trade                38,903    26,823       +45%       10,093    5,669       +78% 
-------------------  --------  --------  ---------      -------  -------  --------- 

Underlying revenues rose by 45% over the year to date and 78% in the Period to date. These significant increases have been largely driven by strong demand for the Group's 'Equals Solutions' proposition, the new multicurrency product aimed at larger businesses, which has generated GBP3.1 million in the year to date and GBP1.2 million in the Period alone; along with substantial growth in both the Group's Spend platform and its white-label business.

Revenues from the Group's B2C travel-money products represented only 5% of total revenue in the Period.

The strong performance in revenues has also underpinned increased gross profits and EBITDA and as such the Group has now exceeded full-year profitability forecasts.

This robust trading performance of the Group further underpins the Board's confidence in accelerating momentum and maintaining growth moving into the final days of 2021 and into FY-2022. In order to drive further growth the Group continues to re-invest and upgrade the sales functions of the business and this will be reflected in higher staff costs in 2022.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, said: "I am delighted to be able to inform the market that the strong performance we saw in September and October has continued and allowed us to significantly surpass the market expectations for the full year in early December. Our results show the results of strategic steps we undertook three years ago to pivot the business to a B2B-focus and to invest into our platforms and connectivity."

- Ends -

For more information, please contact:

 Equals Group plc 
 Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO                Tel: +44 (0) 20 7778 
  Richard Cooper, CFO                                     9308 
 Canaccord Genuity (Nominated Advisor 
  / Broker) 
 Bobbie Hilliam / Georgina McCooke        Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 
  Alex Aylen (Sales)                                      8150 
 Buchanan (Financial Communications) 
 Henry Harrison-Topham / Steph Whitmore   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 
  / Toto Berger                                           5000 
  equals@buchanan.uk.com                   www.buchanan.uk.com 

Notes to Editors:

Equals Group is a technology-led international payments group augmented by highly personalised service for the payment needs of SME's whether these be FX, card payments or via Faster Payments. Founded in 2007, the Group listed on AIM in 2014 and currently employs around 250 staff across sites in London and Chester. For more information, please visit www.equalsplc.com .

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December 08, 2021 01:59 ET (06:59 GMT)

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