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ZAIM Credit Systems PLC

23 September 2021

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23 September 2021

Zaim Credit Systems Plc

("Zaim" or the "Group")

Second quarter 2021 trading update

Another record-high quarter of loans issued

Zaim Credit Systems plc, the Russian focused fintech group, announces a trading update from its wholly owned subsidiary, Zaim-Express LLC, ('Zaim-Express') in respect of the second quarter of the financial year ended 31 December 2021.

Highlights([1]) :

Fourth consecutive quarter of Strong Online Growth confirms Zaim's transition to an Online Fintech Platform

-- Strong business growth exceeds expectations and continues to fit within Group strategy to significantly increase market share through focus on maximising growth and customer numbers over profitability

-- The Group continued to trade profitably in Q2 2021, the fourth consecutive Quarter of Profitable Growth

   --    Another record-high quarter with GBP6.3m loans issued - business growth of 24% vs. Q1 2021 

-- Mobile application launched in July 2021 creates a transformational new distribution channel to complement rapidly growing online desktop channel and existing offline stores

With Zaim's online business channel now comprising 88% of total business volumes and continuing to be the main engine for growth, Zaim considers that it has now successfully completed its objective to evolve from a solely physical company to a digital lending company.

Siro Cicconi, Zaim's CEO commented:

"I am delighted to present Zaim's fourth consecutive quarter of strong growth driven by successful implementation of our online-focused business strategy. In the second quarter of 2021 we have continued to perform well and the growth in the business remains strong with a 24% Quarter on Quarter increase in loans issued.

Crucially important is that fact that nearly all of Zaim's business with the exception of some flagship and legacy stores is now generated through our online channel.

This is important as our online strategy makes our business sustainably profitable due to a significantly lower fixed cost base and greater scalability. Our continued investment in our proprietary platform and process, including the launch of mobile application, which represents an additional sales channel and a significant growth driver of the business, makes us confident that the online part of the business is now very well positioned to capture further market share thus satisfying our growth objectives and positioning the company to significantly drive shareholder value going forward.

We look forward to updating upon our H1 2021 financial results at the end of September followed shortly afterwards by our Q3 2021 trading update."

Second quarter 2021 trading update

The table below presents the two main KPI's (loans issued and default rate) for the last five quarters:

 
 Quarter Ended                    June-20  Sept-20  Dec-21  March-21  June-21 
 Loans Issued (GBP'000)           1,622    2,307    3,812   5,109     6,332 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Loans Issued Growth Rate 
  QoQ                             (36%)    42%      65%     34%       24% 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Loans Issued Online (GBP'000)    378      1,153    2,889   4,308     5,564 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Loans Issued Online Growth 
  Rate QoQ                        9%       205%     151%    49%       29% 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Loans Issued Offline (GBP'000)   1,244    1,154    923     801       768 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Loans Issued Offline Growth 
  Rate QoQ                        (44%)    (7%)     (20%)   (13%)     (4%) 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 Weighted Average Default 
  Rate([2])                       12.1%    15.8%    17.7%   20,8%     See note([3]) 
                                  -------  -------  ------  --------  ------------- 
 

Notes:

1 All figures presented throughout this announcement represent unaudited management information taken from the internally generated management accounts of Zaim-Express LLC

2 Default rate is defined as no payment received after 120 days of the origination of the loan

3 Data is not yet available for the quarter ended 30 June 2021 as the earliest time to determine default rates is 120 days after the end of the period

The Group continued to see strong growth in loans issued during the quarter with an increase of 24% QoQ, driven by growth in the online business

The weighted average default rate increased to 20.8% in Q1 as a result of the increase in the number of first-time customers which inherently have statistically higher probability of defaults.

This increase in default levels is in line with the management expectations and is a result of the strategy to maximise growth and gain as much market share as possible. This is being diligently managed and is caused by the rapid growth of online business and is not due to any deterioration of business performance.

Enquiries:

 
Zaim Credit Systems Plc 
Simon Retter 
 Siro Cicconi                        Tel: +44 (0) 73 9377 9849 
Alex Boreyko                       Tel: +7 925 708 98 16 
                                    investors@zaimcreditsystemsplc.com 
Investor Relations: Flowcomms Ltd 
Sasha Sethi                        Tel: +44 (0)7891 677441 
                                    sasha@flowcomms.com 
Adviser: Beaumont Cornish Limited 
Roland Cornish / James Biddle      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 3396 
 
Optiva Securities Limited 
Jeremy King / Vishal Balasingham   Tel: +44 (0) 20 3137 1902 
 

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